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Just received my profits from a "watch only" address, where do I obtain private keys?

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  • Possible duplicate of I need to recover private key?,
    – chytrik
    Feb 10 '19 at 23:33
  • They aren't your profits. They're funds a scammer is trying to convince you are yours but actually belong to the scammer. Aug 11 '20 at 1:29

If your profits were sent to a watch only address then you are in trouble.

Ordinarily, a private key is created first and then the address is created from that private key.

Your wallet makes new private keys for new addresses.

Please contact the person who gave you the watch only address.

If you do get the private keys then you should immediately move any bitcoin to a new address where only you own the private keys and nobody else knows them, so that the bitcoin cannot be taken.


Watch-Only Address

An address or pubkey script stored in the wallet without the corresponding private key, allowing the wallet to watch for outputs but not spend them.

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    Other questions on this site suggest that this is a pretty common scam: someone says they are going to pay you money, gives you an address and sends some money there. They trick you into believing that seeing coins in that address means they are yours, and you send the scammer some money in exchange. Scammer never gives you the private key so they keep their money and yours. Mar 19 '18 at 14:34

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