Ghost Addresses in Alaska and in Spain’s Canary Islands
A ghost address refers to an alternative address you can use, rather than the address where you actually live. I recommend a minimum of two ghost addresses.
1. A local address
This is where you pick up your mail on a regular basis. It may be a nearby PO Box, a box at a commercial mail-receiving agency (CMRA) or perhaps at your place of business. The third edition of How to be Invisible has many suggestions for obtaining a local ghost address
2. A faraway address
This is an address to use that protects your privacy to a far greater extent. Two such addresses are available, one by Judith in Alaska and the other by Manuel in Spain.
The advantage of Alaska is that it is still in the United States, which is a requirement in some cases. Many of my readers use an Alaska ghost address when ordering a passport, as well as for the address on their tax returns. Others use the Alaska address when they open new bank accounts in the U.S. or Canada. By far the most common is for the mailing address for New Mexico LLCs that hold title to vehicles or real estate.
Hopefully you will never be sued, much less ever have an Attorney General out to track you down. But if you ever end up in water that hot, Judith in Alaska will have to reveal—under threat of subpoena—whatever address she has on file for you. A US subpoena cannot, of course, be served in Spain, but if your crime is truly heinous, then Interpol could hold Manuel’s feet to the fire.
Remedy: When you order the Canary Islands address, do not give me any mailing address at all. Just your e-mail. That way, your location might be anywhere on Planet Earth.