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.
• • •Step 1.Download and install TOR from https://www.torproject.org/
Step 2.While using TOR create a Tormail account at http://jhiwjjlqpyawmpjx.onionYou can confirm the address at http://tormail.org/
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Tor Mail consists of several servers, this hidden service, and an incoming and outgoing internet facing mail servers.
These internet facing mail servers are relays, they relay mail in and out of the Tor network, they are disposable servers purchased anonymously and not traceable to you or us.
No emails or logs or anything important are stored on those servers, thus it doesn’t matter if they are seized or shut down.
We are prepared to quickly replace any relay that is taken offline for any reason.
The Tor Mail hidden service and SMTP/IMAP/POP3 are on a hidden server completely separate from the relays, the relays do not know the IP of the hidden service. Tor Mail does not cooperate with anyone attempting to identify or censor a Tor Mail user.
Tor Mail’s goal is to provide completely anonymous and private communications to anyone who needs it. We are anonymous and cannot be forced to reveal anything about a Tor Mail user.
You can only sign up and access Tor Mail via our Tor Hidden Service, we do not ask for any identifying information such as name or address, and tor hidden services cannot see your IP so we have no way to identify you.Step 3.While using TOR, visit http://www.bitinstant.com
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.
I might try it with $1 first to see if it works… Once Tormail is back up. Meanwhile, with my new privacy, I can do some interesting searches in Google for … uh … help with hemorrhoids or something similarly embarrassing.