Discreet Options For Sending/Receiving Deposits both Nationally and Internationally

Hello everyone!


The topic of deposits comes up often with many touring providers wanting to secure funds for upcoming tours before paying for all of their travel and accommodations. Clients may have preferences for how they prefer to pay for deposits as well depending on their discretionary needs so several different options can be helpful. 


Some commonly suggested methods for receiving deposits from clients that I DO NOT recommend:

Paypal - not SW friendly and some transactions can be reversed by clients; if they inform paypal you are a SW the funds can be frozen indefinitely and you may never see them again; it can also be tricky using a fake name and attaching it to a real bank account to remove paypal funds for use

Western Union - both sender and receiver must use a real name and verify with ID to send or pick up, so for obvious reasons I wouldn't recommend this for deposits to and from strangers

Giftrocket - unless you're in the United States, I have not had luck using this service and they immediately deny or refund any client's money who have tried to send me this when I'm in Canada. 

Random gift cards - gift cards for shopping aren't the best way to receive deposits because you still have to front your own travel costs and won't be able to use these towards touring. While shopping is fun, it's best to save these types of gift cards for treats and tips and not major deposits for tours. 

Bank to Bank Wire Transfer - it seems like most banks will want to know the recipient name in order to wire money directly to another bank account, so this is not very discreet for the provider. You would need to set up a business account likely to have a different name on it which can be complicated and not worth the hassle unless you need the business account for other purposes and want to use it regularly.


For touring in Canada I accept the following options for receiving deposits on advanced bookings:

1) Interac Etransfers sent to BookCharlotteEdwards@gmail.com

2) Cash sent in a greeting card or book and sent via mail to:

    Charlotte Edwards B2-125 The Queensway Suite #238 Toronto, ON M8Y 1H6

3) Bitcoin sent to wallet ID: 16rn9keij6BvqWgahGLe4KnFeAVxtHksZG 

4) Giftcards/E-giftcards to Air Canada or Hotels.ca

For touring internationally I accept the following options for receiving deposits on advanced bookings:

1) Cash sent in a greeting card or book and sent via mail to:

    Charlotte Edwards B2-125 The Queensway Suite #238 Toronto, ON M8Y 1H6

2) Bitcoin sent to wallet ID: 16rn9keij6BvqWgahGLe4KnFeAVxtHksZG

3) Giftcards/E-giftcards to Air Canada USD, or Hotels.com


If you want to sign up for a Bitcoin Wallet account there are many options online:


Bitcoin Wallet

LocalBitcoins

Paxful

Coinbase

You can then purchase bitcoins from sellers on these platforms, or go to a local bitcoin ATM and deposit money and scan your wallet ID number at the ATM to receive online credit. You can then connect your bank account to your Bitcoin wallet to transfer money back into your account, or use bitcoins online to pay for some SW advertising or other online purchases.


Getting your own work mailbox:

If you plan on receiving many packages or deposits by mail you might consider getting a separate mailbox from a place like The UPS Store and other similar mailbox companies. You may want to research if some require ID to pick up packages though, generally for envelopes that go into your mailbox you won't have problems but some locations require ID for big packages. I've been lucky that my mailbox doesn't seem to care and know which packages are for me without checking my ID.