e-gold – gold itself, circulated electronically
e-gold boasts “Better Money since 1996” and in many ways they are right. e-gold gives users the chance to own gold at a fraction of the usual cost, e-gold gives users unlimited freedom to make purchases worldwide for goods and services and gives merchants excellent security with irrevocable transactions (no chargeback’s).
e-gold in many ways is better then cash, far better and cheaper to use then credit cards and by far quicker and at a fraction of the cost for making international money transfers.
e-gold is based offshore with a Nevis W.I. company structure, secure from the pitfalls of being located in the USA or other western countries. e-gold secures account balances in gold stored in various third party gold depositories around the world. e-gold was established by Dr. Douglas Jackson who is still the chairman and is active in the e-gold, gold and digital gold backed currency community.
For people interested in learning more about the e-gold community, e-gold hosts a high volume email discussion list (read the e-gold list online without subscribing).
e-gold gives the user and merchant alike unparallel security against identity theft, user profiling, funds movement tracing through their semi-anonymous online payment system. Users and merchants have the freedom to send and accept transfers without the risk of identity theft and payment reversals.
Where to use e-gold
Information on merchants that prefer e-gold can be found at a861.com and gold-pages.net. There are merchants that accept e-gold and other digital currencies (or e-currencies) offering all the usual services that can be found on the internet. e-gold users can buy web hosting, domain names, coffee and other food stuffs, website design services, business services (like offshore corporations), goods and services from most online retailers even if they do not take e-gold through a “proxy shop” company AllMart – so now e-gold users can buy off all websites that takes credit cards like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. e-gold also has a WAP interface so users can make payments offline using your mobile phone.
Pay your bills using e-gold
You can also pay your bills using e-gold, many e-gold exchange agents offer check redemption services. Simply sell (or redeem) your e-gold for a check and have that sent directly to the company that you wish to pay, this could be anyone, from paying your credit card, power bill and all your local suppliers.
The e-gold system is setup in the following way, firstly there is e-gold – this is where your money (or gold) is securely stored with online account access. To fund your e-gold account there are e-gold exchange agents, these companies take your US$ or other national dollars via cash deposit, credit card, bank wire or bank transfer and exchange your money into e-gold and into your e-gold account. Likewise, to redeem e-gold for cash (be it via bank wire or check) e-gold users also use the services of a e-gold exchange agent. Most e-gold exchange agents operate worldwide with email and phone support, so regardless where you are located in the world you can easily buy e-gold.
Users must first have a e-gold account – e-gold accounts are free, anyone can open one and you can have as many as you like. If you do not have a e-gold account, you can open a free e-gold account here now. Next you need to find an e-gold exchange agent. Thankfully most e-gold exchange agents offer worldwide (USA, Europe and Asia) offering funding options in many countries, typical services include cash deposit, credit cards, bank wire, bank transfer and checks. Orders for e-gold are placed on the exchange agent website and processed by the operators usually within a few days depending of the funding option requested by customer. First orders can take longer – see “Your first purchase – getting verified!” below, returning clients should expect funding within a day or two.
Where to find a e-gold exchange agent
These web pages list e-gold exchange agents;
Global Digital Currency Association (verified & rated)
Electronic Currency Merchants Association – Members
e-gold.com – e-gold directory (verified)
a861.com – e-gold exchange agents (rated)
gold-pages.net – exchange agents (rated)
(With the above list; verified means the identification of the exchange agent operators are known and rated means the exchange agent reputation has been rated)
Your first e-gold purchase – getting verified!
When making your first purchase of e-gold the new user can expect that the exchange agent will check their identity or be “verified”. Verification procedures vary between different exchange agents but at least you should expect a phone call. This verification requirement has come about due to the massive amount of credit card fraud, bank account hacking and phishing scams currently on the internet. Responsible e-gold exchange agents try to protect people who have meet unfortunately with a scammer / hacker by not letting the theft move there ill gotten gains into e-gold. Your personal information is always protected using 128 bit SSL website, secure web servers, strict privacy policies and all client information is kept confidential. The verification requirements are higher for credit card use due to the fact credit card fraud is massive on the internet and online retailers / shops … including e-gold exchange agents.
Secure your gold!
With e-gold security is the users responsibility, remember all e-gold transactions are irrevocable – even if your account is hacked! e-gold helps protect your account by giving you the security feature called Account Sentinel (AccSent), leave this feature on (it is on by default for all new accounts). AccSent will email you every time someone tries to log into your e-gold account with a different IP address – careful, if you lose your email address you will not be able to log into your e-gold account.
A tip is to use two email addresses like this; firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com (that is “email1 comma space email2”) on your e-gold account – using this tip means both emails will be notified