How to Buy Bitcoins Anonymously in the US, Instantly

Big Brother is Watching You

If CISPA or other privacy-busting legislations pass, every detail of our personal lives will be at risk. Although many of our foundations are rooted in anonymity, everything we see, do and buy may soon be exposed. However, technology always evolves, and anonymity is no exception.

As many already know, Bitcoin is a decentralized, digital currency that can be used like cash. What many people may not already know, however, is that there is no need to hand over all of your information to an exchange to buy bitcoins. It’s already incredibly easy to buy bitcoins anonymously, in less than 10 minutes!


An anonymous member of the Bitcoin community has contributed these wonderful instructions detailing 6 simple steps to buying Bitcoins with near anonymity in the US.

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Step 1.
Download and install TOR from
Step 2. 
While using TOR create a Tormail account at http://jhiwjjlqpyawmpjx.onion
You can confirm the address at
Step 3. 
While using TOR, visit
Step 4.
Choose the Cash deposit to Bitcoin to email option.
Step 5.
Follow the instructions on Bitinstant to make your cash deposit, and have your Bitcoins sent to your new Tormail account.
No ID is needed.
Step 6.
Receive your Bitcoins via email.


And voila.  Now you can use your anonymous e-mail account and anonymous bitcoins to buy goods and services online, truly anonymously.


Here are a few places you can spend Bitcoins:
Private Internet Access – Anonymous VPN Service
MemoryDealers – Transceivers, Cables, and Memory
CoinDL – The iTunes of the Bitcoin economy
Seals With Clubs – Poker (Hold’em)
BitcoinDeals – The Amazon of the Bitcoin economy

A quick search of the interweb will also display the thousands upon thousands of other shops that accept Bitcoins.


Have any other suggestions on how to buy bitcoins, or where to spend bitcoins?  Let us know in the comments!

About Andrew

Andrew is a long-time advocate of privacy and the conservation of the personal realm. He served as the brand manager for an internationally recognized best-selling product prior to co-founding Private Internet Access. Additionally, he was the co-founder of Mt. Gox Live which was acquired by Mt. Gox and created their official mobile application.

  • Seth

    I’ve been interested in bitcoins for a long time.  I’ll try this Anonymous Bitinstant out.

    Thanks for the info.

  • John Doe

    There are much business who accept bitcoin @

  • Michael Schumacher

    This isn’t exactly anonymous.  There are cameras in the bank.  It is more anonymous than an exchange, or even IRC transaction though since there is no ID and IP attached.

    • Donovan


      “One of the key features of our service for both clients and for regulatory compliance is the
      event log – every single transaction has every single aspect logged to a redundant log of
      events which we use for debugging our software, tracking customer funds transfers and doing
      internal audits. In the event of an attempt at money laundering or other criminal activity, the
      contents of this event log would be valuable evidence to be disclosed to law enforcement.”

  • Erik Voorhees


  • Jon is a good place to spend your coins!

  • StephenB

    firstly, it is not anonymous. Tor can be compromised. Secondly, while you sit there with your 50 bitcoins you paid 500 dollars (useless currency, join the pound, seriously) for, what are you going to do with it? Buy some meth on silkroad? Bitcoins are useless.

    • you pick a name!

      uhm, yep, i’d say 95% of all bitcoin transactions are for meth or similar lol

    • Bob Jackson

      Domino’s Pizza accepts Bitcoins! And soon when the exchange opens in the USA, more will jump on board.

    • peterpickedapeppa

      How much are those 50 btc worth did u say?

  • Desert

    Don’t they require your name, address, and phone number to send the money?  They do at Wal-Mart.  Zip-Zap might not know who sent the money, and the Bank might not know what Bitcoin address you’re depositing to, but a subpoena or other government mandate can link the two, so it’s probably anonymous to anyone except your local government.

    • Jp4120

       yea, if your buying large quantities from Amsterdam or funding Al Queda maybe………if you are using bitcoin via TOR to purchase time from another VPN and then don’t seed too much…extreeeeeemly unlikely…to many torrent lovers that aren’t using VPN…..then too many VPN users paying via credit card….no reason to go after bitcoin users IMHO

  • Dr_Jigglestick

    Fucking bullshit. Bitcoins to e-mail is no longer an option

    • IllythiaRedgrave

      Yes it is, I literally just did it… You just have to know how to navigate websites! LOL.

    • person

      I just did it by email i have no idea how you could have missed that option..

      • Madelson

         the cash bank deposit is no longer an optionnnnnnn

        • blank

           The BTC-e, Bitstamp and Bitcoin address and Bitcoin-to-email options are
          temporarily offline for system updates. These options should be back up
          on Monday, February 25. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank
          you for your patience while we run these upgrades.

          It’s right there on their homepage. Wait 2 more days.

          • steve

            it’s not there the only options are

            from: bitstamp coupon, mt.gox coupon, btece coupon and vouchx coupon

            to: virvox, mtgox, paypal, vouchx and bitcoin addres

    • blank

       I dont see the potion either.

    • Eman LLuf

      How about you stop using the word BS, you don’t sound tough, you don’t sound edgy, all you sound like a weak faggot, like a reddittor commenting, let alone being rude. use bullcrap or dogshit, dickhead

  • Gee Davo

    This is very good, even if you can’t use the ‘to email  option anymore, but how many Bitcoins do you need for PrivateInternetaccess?

    The packages are in dollars, so how many coins do I have to buy for a $39.95 package for example?

  • bosevii501

    Once I process this and my BItcoins are sent to my anonymous Tor email, how do I then get them to PIA as payment? Do I send them from my anonymous Tor email to my wallet then pay PIA via normal methods? Or can I forward that email from Tor email to PIA for payment?

  • Strategicpersona

    Bitcoins to email does work.

  • BTC_Deep

    Send your Bitcoins to this address for the new backdoor bitcoin doubler. Send 1 BTC and you will receive 2 in 30-45 minutes. Send 2 get 4 back. It’s easy and anonymous.

    • or pick a namelol

      yeah, let me get my wallet… ROFL!

    • Infamous21

      Your a scammer

    • BTC_Deep_SCAMMER

      There are people out there that actually fall for this? Seriously? WORK and make money, a-hole

    • dummy

      if i send 100000000000 will i get 20000000000

  • KrackOrJacK

    No matter what you try to do, at some point you have to hand over cash in person.

    I don’t know what it’s like in other countries, but in the United States there are NO places where you can deposit, receive, or exchange hard currency (e.g. banks, currency exchanges, point-of-sale merchants), without having to stand in front of a camera when you hand over your cash–Just try to find a MoneyPak reseller that doesn’t have cameras covering every register and you’ll see what I mean.

    The method outlined by the article above has at least one game-ending flaw: BitInstant REQUIRES a phone number to process the transaction. It’s a few steps into the process, but it’s there. I just tried it.

    Since they won’t even allow you to continue without giving a phone number, and there are no public payphones that allow incoming calls anymore, your transaction will be traceable… to somebody.

    The US Treasury and their Office of Foreign Assets Control pretty much has everything locked up. If you spend money in the US, unless it’s between private parties, it’s traceable… somehow.

    The most secure method (also the most risky) that I can think of is to buy a MoneyPak card and put some cash on it. Use #bitcoin-otc to exchange the MoneyPak for some bitcoins. Once they have been transferred into one bitcoin wallet, immediately transfer them into another one. The encrypted exchange between your two encrypted wallets breaks the chain of traceability–provided you take standard privacy precautions when doing it.

    I’m sure they’re other considerations beyond my menial non-hacker pay-grade that I’m not aware of, but whatever.

    It’s a royal pain in the ass, but until the people finally tell the government to F**K OFF and stop crawling up their butts with a microscope, it’s the way it has to be.

    • Jp4120

       not just cameras….despite what the author says…CVS and Walmart both require name, addr, phone number of the purchaser….

    • anon

      burner phone?

  • Mitchconnor123

    Shit dont work fool

  • Jmp510

    Hi, I dont want to hide anything.
    I just want to buy bitcoins using paypal.
    is there any way of doing that or not.
    please post a reply.

    • Infamous21

      Go on ebay and type in bitcoin if you want to buy bitcoin using paypal

  • Eli Kimbro

     I was still willing to go through with my cash deposit for bitcoins even after an inital 3.99% fee from bitinstant then a $3.95 fee from zipzap but could not find one location that accepted. I even went to the selected payment center. All the telephone numbers to the suggested locations aren’t real numbers. I had no hint of success. I will choose a different method and make sure to avoid zipzap, their false advertising, and their lies.

    • Jp4120

       in the US, CVS and Walmart all handle as moneygram transactions ….out of the US….don’t know what to tell ya

  • Patonholidays

    Hey Hi !
     Understanding the concept is easy, but is it possible to purchase solid Bitcoin coins for the collector that we all are. It would add to your idea of  bitcoin and impact on the usage of this new concept. 
    To have in our possession bitcoin coins would accellerate your place in commerce. Coins as a token and not for real currency create a talking point and adds greatly to your favor ! 

    I am interested in your views about this.
    This not to entrap…merely as a thought…
    Otherwise great idea and I watch with great interest…..

  • Derek newman

    i did this exactly as you have instructed and i went to 3 different locations all of which requires ID to pay. do you think if i use my real info i can still be anonymous since tormail is anonymous or no?

  • Swim567

    this is far from anonymous! you have to supply moneygram, this is the money transfer company that bitinstant uses, with your name -address – tel # -and social security number.  TRY AGAIN ANDREW

  • Anonymous Coward

    I tried this, but when I got to CVS, they wanted me to use a red phone to talk to people who wouldn’t let me pay unless I gave my personal information.  Did I do something wrong?

    • Jp4120

       no the article contains bs, I ran into the same thing…..

      • Jeremy

        That’s what happens when you try to buy bullshit, you get bullshit.

  • bleh

    WTF it wont send me the fucking email

  • Michald490

    Xmlgold company offering you e-currency exchange around the globe. Our e-currency exchange services includes buy bitcoins, sell bitcoins, exchange webmoney and exchange bitcoins. 

  • Jp4120

    using cash to buy bitcoins via moneygram at retail stores.
    – CVS – using red phone they ask for name, addr, phone #, CVS asks for ID when you make the payment….after all that CVS didn’t work they have had trouble with moneygram last 2 weeks.
    -Walmart – no red phone, you fill out another blue paper, with name, addr, phone, then they enter it and give you a reciept…she didn’t ask for ID but she may have forget.
    not a big deal I guess but not completely anonymous as advertised….

  • Cwiedbusch

    is there any way i can buy bitcoins with a credit card

    • Infamous21

      Yeah you can get bitcoins with a credit card by using paypal

  • Guest

    Bitinstant is currently down for maintenance, so I can’t follow through to answer these questions (and don’t want to play with real money until I understand fully):
    1. When the Bitcoins go to your anonymous Tor email, how do you pay them back out to PIA?

    2. The PIA Bitcoin invoice screen at BitPay has apparently three options, URI (don’t know how to use that), manual (“Send x.xxxx bitcoins to (temporary address code)”, and a QR code which can be scanned with a mobile phone app like BitcoinSpinner for Android.  Scanning works and would send the Bitcoins, but how do you get them from your Tor email address into the BitcoinSpinner in the first place?

    3. Finally and maybe most importantly, how is it anonymous if you use your mobile phone (which is identifiable to the person making the transaction) app to scan the QR and transfer the Bitcoins? 

  • Redleader

    Totally wrong now.  Bitinstant requires your name, birthdate, last 4 of ssn, etc…  Just read their terms of service.  It was updated recently.

  • HonestBob

    bitinstant appears to be a scam. I sent money to them…and, after four days, received no email, no bitcoins, and no response after contacting them twice.

    • Infamous21

      Call them here is their number 1-716-712-4846

  • Eric

    I prefer a central bank inflating my currency out of existence. Bitcoins will never work because the Federal Reserve is going to find an UN-mistakable link between bitcoins and the ‘terrists. The entity that can make money out of thin air, stealing the wealth from the nation with the stroke of a pen is not particularly interested in having that power curtailed. Especially when they are abusing that power.

    Prepare for blood in the streets to defend your bitcoins. You are walking up to the King and smacking him across the face with a fish. He’s going to scream: “off with his head”. And thusly bit coins will be erased.

  • Confused

    Re: Buying bitcoins.

    Can someone help clear up a misconception I must be having? I went to the site above (bitinstant) and am confused as to why I’m supposed to put my paypal account in as the ‘pay to.’ If I’m going to pay for bitcoins using cash then wouldn’t I be paying that cash into someone ELSE’S paypal account? Why is it asking for me to pay myself. Obviously this can’t be but if someone could clear up my misunderstanding I would be very appreciative.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Infamous21

      The paypal option is to have your cash deposit go into your paypal account don’t select this option. In the pay to screen go to bitcoin address if you want the bitcoins to go to your bitcoin address. Also make sure you sign up for a bitcoin address if you don’t have one.

  • jo

    This still workings? LAst post seems to be negative to this working. let me know please..

  • Infamous21

    The bitcoin to email option is still not up

  • Ms. Lou

    They will probably get all your money and disappear with it. Who the hell would deposit all their cash into this? Crazy.

    • Guest

      No this service is legit I never heard of anybody getting scammed Using bitinstant

  • Infamous21

    Bitcoin to email is up now

  • Infamous21

    That is only for Australia everyone else can’t use that

  • bp

    since when was email truly anonymous?

    • Infamous21

      Yeah email is only anonymous if you create an email account using tor because tor hides your ip address

  • jerrylewsi

    I am currently selling bitcoins at discount prices, as i am going out of business, and am trying to cash out on all my bitcoins ive earned. I have 100+ bitcoins. right now I am selling them for 125/BTC. The value right now according to Mt.Gox, is 160.59/BTC. I accept western union moneygram, or money transfer. If you are insterested in purchasing some btc, please get ahold of me at

  • jerry lewsi

    I am currently selling bitcoins at discount prices, as i am going out of business, and am trying to cash out on all my bitcoins ive earned. I have 100+ bitcoins. right now I am selling them for 125/BTC. The value right now according to Mt.Gox, is 160.59/BTC. I accept western union moneygram, or money transfer. If you are insterested in purchasing some btc, please get ahold of me at

  • Mi

    email me if you want to purchase anonymously
    cryptocap at gmail dot com

  • chocks

    after i type my funds id like to transfer and send to email yada yada yada a blank page comes up. i know they havent been sent simply because i havent even given a card # or anything HELP

  • DBar

    BitCoins will suffer the same fate of E-Gold back in the early 2000s. The federal reserve and DHS will not allow another ghost banking system to derail the Government’s ability to subjugate the sheeple to a rigged banking system of FIAT currencies. Its just a matter of time before the slow but sure pendulum of Big Brother catches up and shuts down Bitcoin, at least in the US.

  • ed over

    With the bank deposit option gone, all other options ask for ID. There’s no way to buy from that site anonymously. BitFloor was another great option, but Bank of America closed their account and they decided to just completely shut down their site. Bitcopia used Wells Fargo and just today their account was closed… Bitcopia thinks they can open a Bank of America account next, but that’s not going to work at all, but if so, not for very long. Using MoneyPak cards on the Bitcoin OTC marketplace or elsewhere is the only anonymous way I can think of that still works right now… Good luck, everyone!

  • Newbimax

    How do you transfer your bc from tormail to your wallet?

  • TheRealTorLinks

    If you want to use bitcoins anonymously, use a Tor based bitcoin wallet/mixer like:


    • bkcal

      thank you very much sir. finally an actual anonymous option. the new bitinstant is completely fucked.

      • aaron


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  • Frank

    BitInstant appears to require name, phone, DOB, etc. Hardly anonymous… …

  • dave2day

    bitinstant? Still pushing that broken site? Where can you get bitcoins now that bitinstant has shot themselves in the foot with that crappy beta site that still doesn’t work?

  • fox

    Bitinstand and tormail were seized by the Federal Government yesterday… Got alot of people.

  • arniel

    Wouldn’t it be easier to just buy bitcoins normally and place them in an insecure wallet, then transfer them to another wallet?

    The transfer can be done anonymously bretty easily.

  • Nazia Fatima

    Totally wrong now. Bitinstant requires your name, birthdate, last 4 of
    ssn, etc… Just read their terms of service. It was updated recently.

    News US

  • the dude

    You are all true patriots.fuck these fascist.

  • aaron


    Voip credit

    – Instant exchange
    – Rate is negotiated in chat
    – Yahoo/MSN/Skype/Icq support
    – Please Trade in decent amounts to maintain viability and feasibility.
    – If you want exchange with me contact me trough my YM,ICQ,SKYPE,MS or send me PM!

    ICQ> 618849967 ( )
    SKYPE> aarongood25

  • graeme

    Hi i bought bitcoins 2 years ago and they are now worth around 40/50 thousand aus dollars i had my computer stolen and now want to sell all my coins and get cash. Anybody willing to help me will receive 8 thousand dollars for your trouble.This is true may sound a little crazy tjough sik of knowing the money is there and not being able to accses it.
    Contact me At then i will give you my personal number and take it from there,I preference an Australian hopefully Western Australian.
    Please cotact me ASAP. My name is Graeme look forward to oour prosperous monetoy future

  • SJC

    I know nothing about any of this. How much money does it cost to purchase a bitcoin? Does 10.00 cash get you 10.00 in bit coin? Also how do you make money fast with bitcoins?

    • Jeremy

      Bitcoins are worthless.

  • Jeremy

    Bitcoins are stupid.