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Can I get an anonymous bank account offshore?

Even the famous Swiss 'secret' bank accounts have ceased to exist. Since 1991 it has become compulsory for all prospective clients of Swiss banks to provide credit references of some kind, most commonly a verification of identity, a proof of residence, and two independent bank references! The situation is similar throughout most of the world.

Financial privacy throughout the world has been sacrificed to satisfy the insatiable tax greed of the bureau(c)rats in Brussels, thousands of administrators are busily creating the framework of oppression: the legislation will lead to the European Super State. Financial privacy is no longer widely available.

Some people can quite happily live with their bank account information wide open to the rest of the world. However, there are those who value complete financial privacy. Perhaps you want to deposit a secret sum of money away from the eyes - and the hands - of greedy relatives, ex-spouses, friends. Perhaps you want to protect yourself in case of a possible business failure or bankruptcy. Or perhaps you just believe that your money is your own private affair.

Offshore Anonymous Internet Banking: Getting Started Remotely

Most of the time a foreign bank requires you to come to their office in person to open an account, as well as provide a seemingly endless array of notarized documents, stamped papers, and letters of reference. It is possible though to open a foreign bank account without leaving the country and manage your foreign account online from all over the world. Offshore online banking is an excellent way to manage your finances, no matter where you live in the world.

Some offshore banks will open a so-called numbered account. A numbered account will offer a degree of additional privacy protection as it is maintained under a number (or a fictitious name) only; the actual account holder's name is protected by the bank and is never released on any correspondence, wire transfers, etc. Numbered accounts may be held by both individuals and corporations.

“This is the fastest and easiest way to open a foreign bank account without having to fly to a foreign country and go through the process on the ground.”

Read more about this easy way to open a foreign bank account. You can go about opening a bank account overseas, for example in Hong Kong, by going to an international bank with branches in both Hong Kong and in your country.

There are some international banks that will be willing to open an account on your behalf in their foreign branch, and take care of all documentation requirements without you having to leave the country.


There is a bevy of information and misinformation out there about offshore banking. Some say it’s illegal (it certainly isn’t), while some say it’s a great way to hide money and not worry about paying taxes (you’ll end up in jail). As always, do your due diligence before you make any major decisions regarding your finances, and preferably get advice from a professional.

The so-called Sparbuch is another example of an extinct anonymous bank account. Sparbuch was a simple anonymous savings account, available primarily in Austria and neighbouring countries. No name or ID was needed to open or use one. Instead, deposits and withdrawals were recorded in booklet that was attached to the account. Anybody in possesion of the booklet (and the correct code-word) was considered the legal owner of the account.

Both the Swiss numbered account and the Sparbuch were discontinued. In general, anonymous banking facilities are much harder to obtain today than once was the case.




Anyone seeking to open an anonymous bank account, offshore or onshore, will come up against legal requirements compelling banks to identify the account holder. This is mainly the result of a campaign led by the FATF (Financial Action Task Force), an organisation that has claimed that an anonymous bank account -- of whatever kind, wherever in the world -- is a useful tool for the laundering of illicit funds.

Although the days of the quick-fix anonymous bank account are over, the practice of anonymous banking itself is not. However, modern-day anonymous banking is the privilege of the knowledgeable few; it requires careful legal planning on a global scale.


 
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