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My Ledger Nano S was drained yesterday. I lost .83 BTC and 4.11 LTC.

While searching for a way to claim SBTC from BTC, I went to an SBTC website and was instructed to enter BTC address and word phrases.

I entered my Ledger Nano S 24 word phrase for just a moment and it was rejected.

This morning I checked my crypto balance on my Nano S and the BTC and LTC had been sent out to another address. The BCH I have on the Nano S is still there.

I tried to send the BCH off to an external wallet but only get error messages.

Is the BCH data on my Nano S corrupted? Can you offer any hope?

  • Unfortunately you are out of luck. Never share your word phrase with anyone. If you do, you effectively give access to your money to someone else. If someone asks you about your word phrase (or anything related to private keys) you can be pretty sure that it’s a scam. – Michał Zabielski Jan 4 '18 at 23:16
  • @MichałZabielski: OP is out of luck with the BTC and LTC. If the BCH has not been spent there is still time to save it. I don't know how to do that, but maybe someone else does. – Nate Eldredge Jan 4 '18 at 23:17
  • OP: Please tell us what error messages you got. People here are not psychic and cannot help you with an error if they don't know what it is. Please use the edit button to add details to your question; be as specific as you can. – Nate Eldredge Jan 4 '18 at 23:18
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    By the way, it's misleading to call this a "hack" since that would imply that the device's security was breached. In this case the device worked just fine. Unfortunately you shared information which you were required to keep secret. – Nate Eldredge Jan 4 '18 at 23:19
  • My thanks to you folks that responded to my post. I was able to move the BCH from one account to another account I added on the Ledger Nano s. From there I was able to sent the BCH to external wallet. I did put my 24 word recovery phrase out there just for a second . From that a bad guy was able to search for, locate, send the cryptos stored on my Nano S to another address. An email trade approval conformation would be a great addition to security here. Although what was lost was profit ($12790.) from my initial investment. I do feel like a complete idiot. I am earning the hard way. – J E GRISSOM Jan 5 '18 at 0:17
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From Michał Zabielski's comment:

Unfortunately you are out of luck. Never share your word phrase with anyone. If you do, you effectively give access to your money to someone else. If someone asks you about your word phrase (or anything related to private keys) you can be pretty sure that it’s a scam.

To clarify, the device's security was not breached. In this case the device worked just fine. Unfortunately you shared information which you were required to keep secret. (From Nate Eldredge's comment).

Luckily the BCH was not taken, because it was still in your wallet, you had time to retrieve it which it sounds like you did:

I was able to move the BCH from one account to another account I added on the Ledger Nano s. From there I was able to sent the BCH to external wallet. I did put my 24 word recovery phrase out there just for a second . From that a bad guy was able to search for, locate, send the cryptos stored on my Nano S to another address.

An email trade approval conformation would be a great addition to security here.

Unfortunately your seed words directly create your private keys, which are all that is needed to spend funds in the bitcoin network. Bitcoin only understands signatures from private keys, there is no room for email verification or anything, because of how the network works. So I'm afraid something like that wouldn't be possible. That is why sharing your seed words or private keys is so dangerous.

Sorry for your loss.

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