I'm thinking about using a mixing service like Blockchain.info's Shared Sending. I don't have anything to hide, it's just about privacy. My concerns are about where my bitcoins will go. I'm sure some people are using these mixing services to do illegal things like buying drugs, so I'm afraid if I use a mixing service, one day the police will knock my door asking questions because my original bitcoins went to a drug dealer or something worse.

So, are my concerns justified?

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It's unlikely that this would be a problem. Yes, coins that you send to a mixing service might end up in sketchy transactions. But they are, by definition, going through an intermediary. It's not that your coins are being sent to a drug dealer. Your coins are going to the mixing service. And then the mixing services are sending new completely transactions to that dealer.

So, it would be like the cops showing up at your door complaining that the $20 you spent at the shoe store was later used to buy drugs. I would hope that any police that were smart enough to try to trace the origin of a BTC would also understand the idea that you can't control the other transactions in a mixing service.

Now, there might be some suspicion just because you are using a mixing service. I haven't heard of any cases of this, but it wouldn't surprise me to find out that police would give a drug suspect a hard time about spending BTC through a mixer. But (at least in the US) I can't imagine this being used to harass you unless you were already under suspicion for some other reason. In part, because using a mixer isn't even that obvious: it just looks like any other BTC address. The government would have to be watching your browser or browser history to know you were visiting mixer websites.


Did you purchase illegal drugs? Are you trying to conceal the source of illicit funds? If not then you've done nothing wrong.

You have a right to privacy with your financial transactions. Shared sending provides you with better privacy than not using shared sending.


Using anonymously run service is always a risk. Not legally dangerous, but if you are trusting to wrong party you'll lose your bitcoins.

In the past, some the Bitcoin mixing services have turned out to be selective scams. They let small transactions to go through, but on the first large transaction they keep the bitcoins and disappear.

For example, search "bitlaunder" on bitcointalk.org.

I rather would recommend using some of the shared web wallets (CoinBase, LocalBitcoins) for mixing.

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