TahiPanas wrote:Thinking back, however, I should simply have given my UK address. Like most people on this board, I'm not a money launderer or up to anything devious as far as UK dealers are concerned.
A reasonable rule of thumb is that any person or entity who is asking where you live, as opposed to asking for a mailing address, is up to no good. Those whom you do business with are entitled to an address for postal purposes and that is it. It's not like they are going to pay you a visit.
I can think of a couple of exceptions. If you have an insurance policy, it might prejudice a claim if you pretended to be living somewhere that you were not. Certainly for building and contents insurance, and motor policies are priced partly by postcode. If you want to vote then you need an address in the location where you wish to vote. But that's about it, as far as I can think.
It's also a hassle to keep changing your address, and it can ding your credit score. I once lived in 5 different places in a 2 year period, and it was really useful to not have to keep changing address with all my accounts, cards etc.
Most cities have an offices services business, where they will receive and forward post, accept deliveries and provide a voicemail address. Useful for those whose work means that they are often moving about, and/or who rent out their home when away.