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Some years ago, I created an e-gold account and transferred some gold into it. e-gold's service has been suspended in 2009 for legal issues. Now, they offer a VAP ("Value Access Plan") to let me obtain dollars worth the amount of gold in my account.

The catch: As a German citizen, I have to specify my full address, my date of birth, my personal tax ID, and submit a copy of my photo ID as well as a proof of residence.

Is it safe to do that, i.e. will that associate my data with a criminal organization? In particular, if I ever want to become a US resident, will that put me at a disadvantage?

  • You should be paranoid in general about giving out personal infomation, but you are way over the top. I believe they are playing it safe and confirming everybody's identity before dishing out the money, so they don't get fleeced and get into any legal trouble later. – DumbCoder Mar 20 '13 at 11:44
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    See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-gold, e.g. "[...] they are legally required to perform various sorts of "know your customer" background checks" and "e-gold initiated a value access plan that was approved by relevant governmental authorities in the U.S. Users would have access to the value in their accounts after submitting additional information to e-gold, and after a review of this information by the Court-appointed Claims Administrator and the U.S. Government." Have you perhaps checked with the Claims Administrator? – Chris W. Rea Mar 20 '13 at 12:33
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Converting Chris W. Rea's comment into an answer

See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-gold, e.g. "[...] they are legally required to perform various sorts of "know your customer" background checks" and "e-gold initiated a value access plan that was approved by relevant governmental authorities in the U.S. Users would have access to the value in their accounts after submitting additional information to e-gold, and after a review of this information by the Court-appointed Claims Administrator and the U.S. Government."

Please verify with the Clamins Administrator

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