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How to Buy Bitcoins Anonymously

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bitcoin anonymizing itself under monero mask
Buying bitcoins anonymously has become an increasingly difficult task. With each passing day, it seems like most if not all of the traditional methods of acquiring bitcoin have begun to require ID verification, making most guides available online today such as the one on or obsolete.
The traditional way of buying bitcoins without ID has mainly been through the P2P Bitcoin exchange platform, a place that was especially popular for buying bitcoin anonymously with PayPal.
But, unfortunately, even LocalBitcoins have started requiring ID verification from all their traders.
So are the days when you could buy bitcoins with a credit card instantly and with no verification behind us? Not quite. Here, we present to you an easy, anonymous, private and quick way to acquire bitcoins with cash in just a few steps…

Buying Bitcoin Anonymously With Cash

Step 1

Register an account with AgoraDesk. If you already have an account, skip to the next step.

Step 2

Go to the main page - you'll see the top offers for your default region. You can refine your results by entering the desired amount you wish to transact in the search box, then select which currency you wish to transact with, country, and desired payment method (select "All online offers" if you're unsure which payment method you want to use).
buy cryptocurrency online: search options to select currency, country and payment method
From the list of ads, choose one from a trader with a high amount of trades and a good reputation score (shown respectively in the brackets next to the username). A green circle means the trader has been online today; a yellow circle means they have visited the site this week; and a gray circle means that the trader hasn't been here for over a week. You can click the "Buy" button to view more information about an advertisement.

Step 3

After you press the "Buy" button, you'll see more information about the advertisement, including the terms of the trade. Read through them before submitting the trade request, if you don't agree with them, you can go back to the previous page and choose another advertisement. To start the trade, type in how much Bitcoin you want to buy and click the "Send trade request" button. You'll be once again shown the trade terms, read them carefully one more time and make sure you agree, then press "Accept terms".
buy cryptocurrency ad details such as user's reputation, trade limits and price

Step 4

Next, you'll be prompted to enter your settlement wallet address. This is the address that the coins you've bought will be sent to. If you don't have a personal XMR wallet, you can use either the official Monero GUI or CLI wallet or Feather wallet. Copy your address from your wallet and paste it in the "Receiving Monero address" input (make sure the pasted address is the same as the copied address to avoid losing your coins). Please note, that the wallet you use for trade settlement must be your own, third-party hosted wallets are not allowed. Once done, press "Start trading" to begin the trade.
buy cryptocurrency ad details, terms of trade and trade amount input

Step 5

A trade page will be opened in your browser. Communicate with the seller through the trade chat to make sure the seller is ready to receive your payment and to clarify any questions you have about making the payment.
buying cryptocurrency online trade window, showing chat, trade status and 'I have paid' button

Step 6

Conduct the payment according to the seller's instructions and immediately press "I have paid" - this will notify the seller that the payment is complete and prevent the seller from canceling the trade.
buying cryptocurrency online trade window, showing chat, trade status and 'I have paid' button

Step 7

Once the seller has confirmed receiving your payment, they'll initiate the trade settlement. You'll see that the trade status will have changed to "Processing". At this point, there's nothing else you need to do - the coins will be transferred to your provided settlement wallet address automatically. This will take some time (usually around 10-60 minutes), so just relax and wait for the incoming transaction to appear in your personal wallet. Please note, the network transaction fees associated with trade settlement will be deducted from the trade amount, meaning you'll receive slightly less than what's displayed on the trade page.
buying cryptocurrency online trade window, showing chat, trade status and 'I have paid' button

Step 8

That's it! Once the trade settlement is finished and you've received your coins, you'll be able to see the settlement details by expanding the "Transaction details" section on the trade page. Don't forget to leave feedback about your experience with this seller!
buying cryptocurrency online trade window, showing chat, trade status and 'I have paid' button

Advanced Techniques of Staying Anonymous When Using This Method of Buying Bitcoins

Use Tor
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According to, Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.
To use it, simply download and install the Tor browser from their official website. After you launch it, you can access AgoraDesk through our special Tor portal: 2jopbxfi2mrw6pfpmufm7smacrgniglr7a4raaila3kwlhlumflxfxad.onion
When Buying on AgoraDesk, Use Payment Methods that Involve Cash
Cash Payment IconWhenever you buy using a bank transfer, or PayPal, or other such payment options, there will always be a privacy leak due to the records kept by the companies that process your payment. In order to avoid that privacy leak, stick to methods that involve cash.
Use methods like cash by mail, ATM cash deposits, face-to-face meetings, or gift cards bought with cash.

Why Financial Privacy is Important

Unfortunately, coins like bitcoin have no privacy embedded in their protocol. All the transactions and amounts traded between all parties are publicly visible. This prevents bitcoin from being fungible, and leads to fundamental problems with the viability of bitcoin as a global monetary base.
Imagine the following scenario: bitcoin has become the only used currency in the world. What would some of the implications of the lack of privacy be?
1. Physical safety
customer paying with btc to a criminal cashier
You are traveling through parts of a country with a medium to high violent crime rate. You need to use some of your Bitcoin to pay for something. If every person you transact with knows exactly how much money you have, this is a threat to your personal physical safety.

2. Trade secrecy
surveillance btc eye
You are a business that makes a payment to a supplier. That supplier will be able to see how much money your business has, and therefore can guess at how price sensitive you are in future negotiations. They can see every single other payment you’ve ever received to that Bitcoin address, and therefore determine what other suppliers you are dealing with and how much you are paying those suppliers. They may be able to roughly determine how many customers you have and how much you charge your customers. This is commercially sensitive information that damages your negotiating position enough to cause you relative financial loss.

3. Price discrimination
inflation of food products
You are a private citizen paying for online goods and services. You are aware that it is common practice for companies to attempt to use ‘price discrimination’ algorithms to attempt to determine the highest prices they can offer future services to you at, and you would prefer they do not have the information advantage of knowing how much you spend and where you spend it.

4. Tainted funds
bitcoin as a bomb in an envelope
You sell cupcakes and receive bitcoin as payment. It turns out that someone who owned that bitcoin before you was involved in criminal activity. Now you are worried that you have become a suspect in a criminal case, because the movement of funds to you is a matter of public record. You are also worried that certain bitcoins that you thought you owned will be considered ‘tainted’ and that others will refuse to accept them as payment.

How Monero solves this
Monero solves these privacy issues by automatically applying privacy techniques to every single transaction made.You can have confidence that it is not possible to own ‘tainted’ Monero. This is a concept in economics known as ‘fungibility’ and is historically considered an important characteristic for any currency to have.


It’s getting more and more difficult as time goes on, but it’s still possible to achieve an anonymous purchase of bitcoin as long as you’re willing to take an extra step of converting it from Monero. Fortunately, Monero only serves to increase your privacy and anonymity to an even further degree. Whereas in most other guides available online they suggest methods that involve steps that create further privacy leaks, this guide is provides a way that will not only minimize privacy leaks, but even enhance your level of privacy as compared to buying bitcoin directly with cash, since you will be protected by Monero’s privacy features.