I lost my wallet identifier and mnemonic. What I only have is my Bitcoin receiving address, 1EAd1Qua6fzyenPeSMRxYcpbcKgYUBpxQ7. I also lost the "Welcome to my wallet..." message in my e-mail. What do I do now? Please help, my bicoins are inside!


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If you neither have the mnemonic, the identifier, or the wallet file, there is probably nothing that can be done to restore your wallet.

Especially, the receiving address is not sufficient to restore your wallet. Otherwise, any other user could claim your wallet as it is public knowledge. Clearly, that would not be secure.

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    That's true in general (and supplying the actual address in the question would ensure that even if it was possible, the bitcoins wouldn't be here anymore). However, since there is an email mentioned, maybe the party sending that email kept private keys or similar. So maybe contacting that third party could yield something. Low chance of success though (since that'd be vulnerable to social engineering).
    – user36303
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 12:07
  • @user36303: Good point, I think you should make that an answer instead of a comment though!
    – Murch
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 12:10

As Murch said, the mere knowledge of an address is not sufficient to be able to spend bitcoins from that address. If it was you'd be able to spend bitcoins from the recipient's address after you've paid them.

In this case, you mention you lose a "Welcome to my wallet..." message. If you remember this email, you might remember what third party sent it. From the way you present it, it seems likely that third party generated the address and private keys for you, so might still be able to get them to you if you contact them. However, this is only a long shot, and if they indeed do, be prepared to give copious evidence of your claim to this wallet, as easy recovery of a wallet's private keys would make this vulnerable to social engineering.

If this doesn't work, then short of brute forcing (impossible for all intents and purposes), there is nothing you can do to recover those bitcoins.

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