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Kickstarter project not tied to your real identity
I'm not trying to pull this off, just for a thought experiment: I'm curious how you or readers would pull off a Kickstarter campaign not tied to your real identity.

You can have all the good intentions, you just don't want a lot of strangers to contact you through your private channels all of a sudden, if your campaign turns out to be too successful. I wonder if this kind of business could work at all with a pseudonym.

DEA agents profiling travelers to seize their cash
There is a story I thought everyone would find interesting about the DEA profiling travelers to seize their cash. Quote:

Agents seized $25,000 from Christelle Tillerson’s suitcase in 2014 as she was waiting to board a flight from Detroit to Chicago. The Justice Department said in a court filing that agents became interested in Tillerson after they “received information” that she was headed to Los Angeles on a one-way ticket. Tillerson told the agents that her boyfriend had withdrawn the money from his U.S. Postal Service retirement account so that she could buy a truck, according to court records. Agents were suspicious; Tillerson was an ex-convict, who had spent time in prison for driving a load of marijuana into the United States from Mexico. She seemed to have little money of her own. And a police dog smelled drugs on the cash.


Court records show agents and informants flagged travelers for questioning based on whether they were traveling with one-way tickets, had paid in cash, had listed a non-working phone number on the reservation or had checked luggage. They also appeared to pay particular attention to people headed to cities such as Los Angeles (which prosecutors described as “a well-known source city for marijuana and other types of narcotics”), Fresno (“known for large quantities of outdoor grown marijuana”) and other California cities.

Note also that 90% of cash has detectable amounts of drugs on it. See:

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Social media/small biz #11302
This is in reply to #11302 - I posted a reply on the "comment" section (Disqus). Is that the correct way? If not, here is my reply to that poster about social media and online business:

I run an online business and use a fake name. Under this fake name and bogus email I had a social media consultant from another state build a business FB page for cheap. Only the name of the business needs to be visible to the public; your personal name/info will not be seen on that page.

Depending on what you are selling, SM for B2B may or may not be a big help. It is secondary for me, email and phone marketing being #1. B2C is different and more SM-intense. Reach out via phone and gather email addresses of the business owners to send some information on this product or service that may help them.

Of course having a website and getting someone to do some Adwords/SEO for you - under the same fake name and email - is probably step 1 for most people. These 3 examples will be in different order of importance depending on what you are trying to do.

Craigslist RES section is your friend

No, posting on Discus does not work. Thanks for also posting here, Ed, as this is great information!

Is social media marketing possible?
One of the big rules for those seeking privacy is not to have any presence on social media. However, for those of us who plan to start a business, we are told that social media is a great way to market the business. I wonder if it is alright to promote the business through social media as long as I don't include any information about myself. If not, what are the best marketing strategies for an online business? I know I would need to build up an email list, but people have to come to the business website first.

There may be a way, but I have never looked into it. Perhaps one of our readers can answer this one.

Privacy International releases searchable database on more than 520 surveillance companies and the powerful tools they sell to governments.
Most of the surveillance companies (122) are based in the US, followed by the UK (104), France (45), Germany (41), and Israel (27). The SII also features information on the types of products the companies sell, with the majority covering communications intelligence, intrusive spyware, and internet monitoring tools.
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Business License
Hi Jack. I'm planning on starting a CMRA mail-forwarding service using a PO Box address. The post office allows this but they require my home address on the application form. I intend to provide my address because the information isn't generally available to the public.

However, to get a business license I have to list a physical address for the business (no PO Boxes allowed except as the mailing address). And this is public information. I want to do the right thing and be 100 percent legal, but there is no way I'm publishing my home address for the whole world to see.

I don't have a nominee available so I might just skip the business license. Can you or your readers think of any other options? Could I list the post office street address since that's where I'll be receiving and shipping the mail? My website won't list my real name or home address. What is the likelihood I will get caught?

A bad idea, Patrick. There is no money in that, and endless competition. I urge you to find some other business!

TSA Pre, Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI programs
Dear Mr. Luna,

I recently learned that if one wants to go more quickly go through airport security and/or customs when entering the US, one can sign up for the TSA Pre, Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI programs (

All of them would require me to give the respective agency my fingerprints and appear at an enrollment center for an interview. I normally would not want the government to have my fingerprints, but the FBI already has them because I had to request a criminal background check years ago and recently requested one again. Since one government agency already has my prints, do you see any harm in applying to any of the above Trusted Traveler programs to make life easier at airport security and customs?

Thanks and regards.

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You alone must maker the decision, based on privacy vs. convenience. I cannot make it for you.

Buying a home all cash with an LLC, but using a HELOC
Hi Jack,

I've got one home which I'm halfway through paying off. I bought his one before I read your book. It provides a pretty good rental income so I don't want to sell it.

I want to relocate, and my next house I want to buy under an LLC using all cash, like you've outlined in your book. What are your thoughts on using a home equity line of credit to pull out equity from my first home, in order to pay all cash for my second property? Will I still have the privacy gains from titling the home in the LLC, even if I've used the HELOC to fund it?

Please address all LLC questions to Rosie, who is more up to date state by state, than me.. Be sure to tell her in which state you plan to buy.

Best book for me?
I just checked out your HOW TO BE INVISIBLE book from the library.What you say about Facebook is so true! I have already shut my FB page down.

I see you have five other books. Are there any of them you think I should especially read,just as a general guide the future for me, a young woman at a crossroads?

The best book I ever wrote was WORK FROM HOME AT ANY AGE. It covers far more than the title indicates.

Sadly, some idiot gave it a one-star review, making wild claims including that all the five star reviews were from friends. Totally false, but Amazon will not let me delete it. Thus, it is now out of print. However, used copies are available on Amazon. Get one, Isabella!

What can we learn from the tragic shooting of Philando Castile?
What can we learn from the tragic shooting of Philando Castile?

I have no opinion, Steven, other than in similar cases, I see errors on both sides.

No purpose in life?
Dear Mr. Luna, I seem to be drifting, with no long term goals in mind. Everything seems pointless. Sometimes I wonder why I am even here. And yet, I've read one of your books and you seem to have found the answer. If I may ask, sir, how did you do that? Thanks in advance for whatever answer you can give me.

The answer is too complicated for this forum, Brad. Send me an email with "purpose" as the subject line, so I remember your request. I am preparing a short paper for two others that have contacted me with similar questions. (One is a woman who is 72 years old!)

Preventable crimes
Jack, I'm thinking it was you who wrote that 40,000 felonies would be prevented in the USA each year if people did not open the door to strangers. Sound familiar? If so, do you remember the source of that statistic? Google has been no help.

That sounds like something I wrote, years ago,for my eBook "ALONE AND AFRAID?
I assume I found that info on the internet but no longer remember where, sorry!

Oaklahoma Authorities Get Devices to Seize Funds Loaded to Prepaid Cards
"The contract signed by the state and ERAD Group, obtained by Oklahoma Watch, states that Department of Public Safety will pay a one-time $5,000 implementation charge and a $1,500 training charge for the devices.

ERAD Group will receive a 7.7 percent cut of all funds seized via the card readers."

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FindFace: An Incredibly Accurate Facial Recognition App Is Coming � Here's What It Means for Privacy
From the article at the link below:
"Privacy is dead � or at least, it will be soon. That's the conviction held by Russian entrepreneurs Artem Kukharenko and Alexander Kabakov, whose startup, NTechLab, recently launched a facial recognition app that nearly obliterates the concept of anonymity. Called FindFace, the app has remained exclusive to Russia since going live earlier this year. Soon, though, Kuhkarenko and Kabakov are introducing a cloud-based platform that makes their frighteningly accurate algorithm available to everyone, the pair said in a Skype interview in May."

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Re: #11287 "Real" looking, legal home address , not a PO box near home for digital nomads and perpetual travellers
Many digital nomads really, just enjoy travelling. Maybe they don't like harsh winters, or too hot summers. Legal, I mean, legal tax benefits are a nice addition, though. :)

OK, so I should just use the address of my attorney. Fine, thanks!

Your attorney may not agree to that. Try some of the CMRAs in South Dakota.

End to end encryption on Line app
I know no digital communication is totally secure or private. But what do you think about Line as a better alternative to emails or plain texts?,30308.html

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I have never used encryption. It is too much of a red flag. I prefer to use either a phone or the U.S. mail.

"Real" looking, legal home address , not a PO box near home for digital nomads and perpetual travellers
I understand in HTBI you suggest two addresses: one ghost address far away (you specifically offer a choice of either a US or Spanish address) and one close home (can be a box, it doesn't have to be as fancy or sophisticated as the far away address). That is all for folks actually living somewhere called 'home.'

Now there is another set of people, who can be described as digital nomads or perpetual travellers, always on the move, without a fix base. You can relate to that too, you wrote a book on RVing. For legal and tax purposes, I still have to maintain a home address, which cannot be just a box address, but also can't be in the US or Spain, it has to be a reliable, real street address somewhere, anywhere in my country, Sweden.

I wonder what type of address would be best for this situation? I was thinking of using an address of an attorney. Seems like a more reliable option to me than any mom and pap shop, even the address of an accountant, small hotel, restaurant, anything else. Is the address of the attorney a good option here? How would you proceed? How to come up with the more sophisticated version of the address anywhere, not just at your given Alaska and Canary locations?

I am not sure what you are trying to accomplish, but you mention the PT travelers. The aim of many PTs is to never pay taxes anywhere. That may not be true in your case, of course, so why not use the address of your attorney?

Police can force you to unlock a phone with fingerprint locks, but not password locks
Your fingerprint is not protected under the 5th amendment. Police can force you to unlock a phone with fingerprint locks, but not password locks.
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llc for house
how do you transfer a house to a llc?

Marc, T turned over the LLC business to Rosie, several years ago. State laws differ.(

Assuming you own your home free and clear, be sure to tell her in which state you live.

The root of this problem is always isolation. Thwart your tormentor by refusing to be isolated anymore.

- Call the local houses of worship.
- See who will visit you in your home.
- They should be happy to visit with you.
- Develop a friendship with them.
- Gather witnesses to your living conditions.
- Attend their gatherings regularly.
- Ask you new friends for assistance.

Why houses of worship?
- That community is made up of a cross-section of the rest of the community.
- At houses of worship you meet representatives of white collar and blue collar industries. Instant network of 50-100 potential calls for help.
- Their (hopefully united) mindset is, or ought to be, one of genuine helpfulness. If the one you visit isn't, go somewhere else.
- The testimony of your spiritual leaders and fellow congregants will often hold more weight than that of many others.

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