Thursday, June 24, 2010
How to hide your home address when you are unable to move
The only sure way to hide your home address is, of course, to move. But what if you are unable to do so, at least for the next few years?
The solution that follows is not perfect. It will not work if you live in a small town where most people know you. In a large city, however, you may be able to convince most of the people most of the time that you no longer live at your present home address. To accomplish this, you will need two things: a ghost address and a nominee.
The ghost address:
Decide where you wish to have others think you moved to. This can be a local ghost address on the other side of your city, an address in Alaska, or even an address overseas.
Although obtaining a nominee for a bank account is both difficult and risky, obtaining a nominee for all other services may be much easier. Let’s say your nominee’s name is Joe Johnson. Your goal is to appear that you still own your home but that you have leased it to Joe Johnson and moved away.
Have Joe sign a contract to lease your home for x number of years. He will then have all utilities, cable TV, Internet connections and telephone transferred to his name.
You, for your part, will have mail forwarded to a ghost address. You will also give your “new” address to your banker, accountant, dentist, doctor, and so on.
Post a sign on the your home saying “The Joe Johnson Family.” If someone comes to your door that you are not expecting, do not open it.
One of my friends is single, likes to travel, and will be free to do so by the end of September. He has expressed interest in acting as a nominee (bank accounts excepted), but only if there is a steady demand for such a service. If you might consider using his services later this year, please contact Rosie for details. [senorita at canary islands press dot com]