I've been contacted on a specialized Internet forum and offered a well-paid one-off job to translate a highly specialized text, and I'm happy to accept the offer, but there's a problem: I have always posted on that forum under an anonymous nickname and absolutely don't want my real name to get exposed there. I'm a reputable professional in real life, but sometimes made intentionally controversial posts on that Internet forum and want to exclude any possibility of them getting associated with my real name. The guy who made the offer doesn't know who I am - he contacted me by sending a private message via that forum as he was impressed by my expertise, which is obvious to him from my posts on that forum, and by me being bilingual.
I frankly explained him the issue, and he is okay with me staying anonymous to him and is prepared to pay in small installments upon receiving corresponding parts of my translation, but we can't sort out how he can pay me. I suggested he pay in bitcoins, but he says he's very uncomfortable with that means of payment, the reason being that an acquaintance of his was taken into custody because of using bitcoin and Tor. I carefully explained my prospective client that he doesn't need Tor for bitcoin transactions and that using bitcoin isn't illegal by itself in our location (Russia), and I explained him that his acquaintance must have done, or been suspected of, crimes like money laundering or child porn. Despite my explanations, my prospective client is reluctant and asks me to offer him an alternative means of payment.
So what means of payments can I offer him? I thought about simply giving him my credit card number, as those 16 digits are enough to make a transfer, but one country-specific problem renders this idea unacceptable to me. The problem is that if you initiate such a transfer in online banking, you will see the first name, the patronymic name, and the first letter of the surname of the payee so that you can verify that you are paying the right person. That's just how things work in Russia, at least if the payee and the payer are customers of Sberbank, which is the bank that issued my credit card. I also thought about Russian online payment systems such as Qiwi, WebMoney, and Yandex Money, where you can register an electronic wallet, but it doesn't seem easy to find out for sure whether the payer will see my personal details like in Sberbank. Also, I thought about asking a relative of mine to cooperate by receiving money from my client and giving it to me, but I'm afraid my request will be perceived by the relative as fishy and will damage the relationship. And I thought about PayPal, but, unfortunately, I have two PayPal accounts registered in other countries and linked to now-expired cards issued by banks of those countries, and I was careless enough not to close those PayPal accounts. To register a PayPal account in Russia, I first need to close those accounts, and, as I understand, that process will take a lot of time.
So I'm typing my question here in the hope that someone will suggest a good solution. And I want to emphasize that I don't need to hide anything from authorities; I merely want to ensure that my client won't see my name or any personal details.
Update: Thanks a lot for the 12 answers I received so far. Isn't there a convenient online payment option that can be used in my case? I found many alternatives to PayPal (e.g., payeer.com, webmoney.ru, and the payment systems listed in this article), but it doesn't seem easy to find out whether the payer won't see my name. I'd be especially grateful for an answer in which someone who had a personal experience with any convenient online payment system in which the payer doesn't see the payee's name tells about that experience. The suggested system must be available in Russia and shouldn't be very difficult to use. I'd then verify the information and offer my client that means of payment. Otherwise I'll have to resort to a less comfortable solution such as trying to involve a relative as an intermediary or simply telling the client to agree to pay in bitcoins or find another translator.