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Anonymous Postal & Delivery Services – Could it work?

With Darknet Market use growing, there is an increasing amount of deliveries being seized. Is there potential for an anonymous postal service in which orders get delivered under the radar, or is it just not possible?

The deep web is often used as a means of anonymously ordering goods – normally anything other than what you’d call legal. With this in mind, it’s probably not a big surprise that a fair percentage of people who order illegal things online get their deliveries seized. While the legal consequences aren’t normally severe, for people investing large amounts of money into their market orders, it can become a big problem.

Having an Anonymous Postal service won’t just be beneficial for people who have great concerns over their anonymity, but it would provide a handful of people with part time jobs and allow people to get expensive packages delivered safely. You’re probably wondering how’d this work.

Here’s a brief idea:

Let’s say there is a platform hosted over Tor called Anon Packages.

Anon Packages allows people to sign up as a buyer or someone to deliver.

People who want to get something delivered can send their darknet order to a universal address in which is owned by Anon Packages or tell the vendor to drop it off– this address might change often.

People that want to get part time work can then sign in to Anon Packages and select a delivery job of their choice. Most likely, one that is very near to them.

That delivery person then needs to make a deposit to cover the value of the goods. If one doesn’t deliver a package or decides to steal it, that deposit won’t be refunded.

Once the buyer gets their package delivered within a set time limit, then the buyer can set the order as received and Anon Packages will provide payment to the delivery person. User feedback can then be given.

While the idea above might work, in reality, it just doesn’t seem feasible. For starters, someone delivering drugs would be classed as in possession of or of smuggling – for someone to be willing to deliver such items, they’ll expect a reasonable amount of money. While small packages might not be worth the price, only people ordering large quantities of substance would be willing to pay at a high price.

Next is the availability of people to deliver. Unlike big postal companies, private delivery people won’t have access to planes and ships making it unlikely for international delivery. And while you could buy locally, most people outside of America are buying nationwide from places such as the Netherlands. People would be better off going with UPS and taking the risk, especially once you consider what the prices of drugs might be like inside certain countries.

Is there even a need for such services?

Source: BBC Newsbeat Article

Here’s what Newsbeat, a branch of the BBC said, after constructing an experiment of their own.

‘Newsbeat obtained MDMA, cannabis and former legal high, Spice using Bitcoin on the dark web, a collection of thousands of websites that use anonymity tools to hide their IP address.

This part of the internet also contains a marketplace for drugs like heroin and steroids – as well as weapons and fraudulent documents.

We accessed the dark web via the Tor browser, free software which conceals users’ identities and their online activity from surveillance.

Deliveries to a PO Box took around a week to arrive.

When they did, we gave them to a government-approved lab for testing and destruction.’

An ecstasy pill the BBC bought on the dark web arrived wrapped inside a packet of Haribo sweets.

“Unless there are massive raids on markets any time soon,” causing “a loss of consumer confidence,” this hidden drug market will keep growing, says Chris Monteiro after an interview with the BBC, an independent cybersecurity expert and researcher.

‘Patrick’, someone who works for the Royal Mail, told the BBC that it’s illegal for him to open suspect parcels and there’s ‘nothing he can do about it’.

“You tell the managers and all they say is you need to deliver it.”

He also added: “If it’s got a stamp on it, you post it. We don’t have drug dogs to smell every parcel. We don’t have the resources to X-ray every parcel. We just have to deliver it and take the risk.”

“I’ve spent 14 years as a postman in uniform and I have never seen a drug dog.”

“Our job is to deliver it safely to the customer.”

For many places such as the UK, getting illegal drugs seized isn’t of high concern. The delivery services are more concerned on preventing much more severe items such as weapons due to the vast amount of orders that take place on the Darknet. Is it a similar scenario in your country – let me know!

20 comments

  1. Vince K. Sturtelli

    I’m glad we are all on the same page. I’ve been looking into this for a while. But did no one see in the news that drugs will now be able to be downloadable via Internet Of Things?? YEs, folks it is coming and I saw it for a long time. Google the story. The next problem will be how to keep download equipment out of big pharma monopoly and into consumer hands. Ketamine va Physible is coming. But then, as I predicted, electronic drugs will become illegal. And there will be a whole new police force to detect who was downloading MDMA last Saturday!
    In summary, Anon packages are a good thing to have but years down the road it will be moot. How soon is anyone’s guess! Big Pharma will surely try to keep it out of your hands the way they did with weed.

  2. I already deliver in the USA for Royal Labs. It would take hundreds of millions of dollars to establish this idea globally and efficiently.

  3. BitDrop (or ShadyDeliveryNetwork), a non-robotic courier system – April 22, 2011

    bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=6279.15

  4. AUssie pub brawler

    pretty much every-thing gets through except drugs and guns…
    in fact: small quantities of drugs will get through and/or the cops won’t prosecute even if they seize it b’cs its not worth the effort….they’re only looking for big busts to enhance their bogus “careers”…they don’t get any “brownie points” for ½oz of weed….
    the biggest RED FLAG are guns…..
    b’cs there’s nuthin’ but scammers and u/cover coppers ‘selling’ them…..
    guns will NEVER get through the mail b’cs they can’t be concealed/hidden effectively….so….yr either gunna get RIPPED OFF by a low-life u/cover copper or RIPPED OFF by a low-life scammer……
    the latter is pref. to the former, of course, b’cs you can always get more money but you can’t get yr life back if yr buckled by these mongrel bastards…
    if you want guns…try STEALING them..

  5. The Fourth Amendment prevents the federal government from searching ANYTHING without a warrant, and to get a warrant they need probable cause, or likely reasonable suspicion when it comes to packages. Regardless, if the package doesn’t look or smell like something illegal, 99.9 percent of the time it makes it to its destination.

    Meanwhile, private companies aren’t subjected to the same Constitutional restrictions, so if they think something is off, they can open it and look, then call police. I know this sounds insane, but I won’t buy anything that doesn’t come through the mail for this very reason.

    So I guess my point is that your idea, while it’s good and could work for deliveries under 75-100 miles, is a solution in search of a problem, at least here in America, anyway. As long as you have a good vendor who knows their stealth, you have nothing to worry about with the USPS for deliveries within the country.

    Now, Customs? That’s an entirely different animal, but as you said, your idea wouldn’t be practical for overseas shipping anyway, so regardless people are going to have to worry about Customs.

  6. By USP or royal mail, straight to drugs post Ltd? 540 you have not thought this through :).

    People who want to get something delivered can send their darknet order to a universal address in which is owned by Anon Packages

  7. angelicdesspairing

    In Brazil, in the interior the number of parcels being seized is increasing and increasingly scarce and dangerous to buy from deepweb for the post office

  8. The RC plane community would have a blast with this. Just imagine a group of intelligent hobbyist turning their pleasure turn into profitable business. I am just in process in researching a homemade jet engine system that would be able to fly 700 km/h and up to 200 kms.

    It would be interesting to see either a dealer ship it to a local/regional RC plane hobbyist or become one himself and just ship it around himself (all from comfort of his own home with 4G network navigation ofc).

    Few details around how to encrypt it and how to hide and how to get under the radar of aviation control, but those are just small details. This seems better idea than mailing over post, and for small countries with a lot of shipments (like UK) it seems like a profitable enough way to surpass postal service.

    • That’s really interesting, glad to read comments like yours sometimes. Delivery drones do seem like the future – isn’t Amazon contemplating such an idea? Just need the drones to get a good range and battery life I’d assume, eh. When Amazon’s drones hit the air you just replicate the shell and colouring and you’re a ‘legitimate’ delivery drone. :) Thanks for reading!

  9. angelicdespairing

    Hey guys, help Brazil, yoou arent think about us!ahah its hard buy on deepweb and stay waiting..

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