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What happens if I mistype the address when making a payment?

I sent bitcoins to an address, but I think I made a typo when I copied it. Where did these bitcoins go. Can I get them back?
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What happens to my bitcoins if lose my wallet file e.g. I suffer data loss and my computer is unrecoverable?

You run bitcoin as a service on your local computer. What happens if this computer is compromised? A corrupt/failed hard drive or theft leads to the machine being lost and unrecoverable, and my ...
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What's the point of Bitcoin eaters?

I see some bitcoin documentation sites reference dummy addresses like "1bitcoinEaterAddressDontSend32425663" or something made up like that. I'd assume it's just so people reading the docs won't try ...
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Can I retrieve my bitcoins from years ago that I never received?

How can I get hold of my bitcoins that never made it to my wallet years ago? I purchased some bitcoins years ago (have got my receipt and all emails from who I purchased). I downloaded Bitcoin-Qt 7, ...
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Have I lost all my money to a typo?

I tried to send my Bitcoins to my wallet earlier but have managed to miss the last two digits off the address when copy/pasting. The payment was sent straight away but has obviously not arrived, is ...
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How to verify that the recipient received a payment?

I sent a Bitcoin payment using Circle Pay. According to my Circle Pay the transaction is completed. It's been two days and the person on the other end is claiming they have not received the money. How ...
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How much bitcoin is 'lost', on average? [duplicate]

As the title of this question states, how much bitcoin is 'lost' (the private keys are not stored by any individual, and so will theoretically never be spent again)? I'd be looking for a percentage ...
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If you have a mobile wallet, do you lose your coins when you lose your phone?

I'm new to this Bitcoin stuff and discussing it with friends. Somebody said, if you "have bitcoins on your phone" and you lose your phone, you also lose your bitcoins. Is this true?
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Found my multibit.key file, what now?

I used BitCoin for the 1st and final time so far about 2-3 years ago. I thought I had lost my wallet but I found an old backup of my hard drive and it contains a file "multibit.key". I installed a ...
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Sending bitcoin unconfirmed, now wallet balance is unconfirmed

I am using Multibit HD 0.4.1. I was trying to send 0.5 bitcoin, but it seems to be unconfirmed for an hour. I tried repairing my wallet, thinking that was the issue, but now my previous balance became ...
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Bitpay unused address - has balance

So, I have a wallet - and the balance is incorrect. I have looked into it a bunch and finally tracked down what I think is the issue. If I view all of the addresses used in my wallet I see a list of ...
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After receiving bitcoin, they were sent to an unknown address 16 minutes later

I received BTC payment from my friend by qr code scaning on date 31st July (1 day before 1st August HF). https://www.blocktrail.com/BTC/tx/...
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Is - a valid bitcoin address character

I came across address like this s-272edf45031dd498e7b3ae89e11ff21b In the Address with Balance List Is the '-' a valid character?
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Sending bitcoins to an un-owned, well-formed wallet

This is a follow-up question to: What happens if I mistype the address when making a payment?. Scenario: You're trying to send bitcoins to an address. You type in the wrong address, but the address (...
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Is it possible to definitely lose bitcoins? [duplicate]

The maximum number of Bitcoin is 21 000 000. However this number of Bitcoin may never exist. Supposing someone have 5 BTC in their wallet. In order to protect them, they encrypted it and then forgot ...
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What happens to a coinbase transaction when no address is given?

The transaction block This coin base transaction has no valid address for reward. Did we lose that reward bitcoin forever?
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any way to recover lost qt bitcoin wallet? [duplicate]

Hi is there any way to recover my Bitcoin-Qt wallet with only an address and the wallet password? Unfortunately my disk was formatted.
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Is it possible that malicious bitcoin wallet providers provide pre-generated private-keys for users?

We trust wallets like Ledger, Trezor, and etc. We believe the math that the randomly generated private keys are safe. But could it be possible that the private keys you thought are “generated” are ...
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Could a Proof of Burn function be implemented into Bitcoin Core to help prove loss of private keys? [closed]

Is there a list of self reported BTC addresses with lost private keys? Of course such a list would never be conclusive as we would have to trust the people who report that the keys were lost. Could ...
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What happens to the overall value of Bitcoin when a huge amount of coin is lost?

My question is 2 part: 1. How does somebody know that a set of bitcoins is lost? Merely declaring that I've lost my private key and hence bitcoin makes the coins lost? 2. What impact(and why?) would ...
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Bitcoins lost in Bitcoin Core?

I sent a small amount of bitcoins to my bitcoin core account when I was messing around learning to use bitcoins several years ago. I am trying to access these coins but I never got along to utilizing ...
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How to find out where I sent my coins in 2011?

I got into Bitcoin a while ago. 2011-ish. I build a miner and got a number of coins. My storage wallet shows that I moved 4 coins to {long code} but I don't remember where I sent them. Is there any ...
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Address no longer shows up in Bcoiner account

Here is what I did: Downloaded Bcoiner on my iPad. Made an account. Generated a new address, which was 1NEuLDXuBRTYfcbGpzUbpkr4Sg2p7sNLB4. I sent 4.69 bitcoins to this address. I logged back into my ...
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What happens if Bitcoins are sent to a wrong, randomly generated address?

I am new to Bitcoin and I confused creating a New Address for receiving and sending payments. Here's what I did: Generated a random Bitcoin Address (using www.bitaddress.org) Created a New Address ...
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How does one prove that they sent bitcoins to an unspendable wallet? Proof of burn?

How does one prove that they sent some BTC to an address that no one has the private keys for? Is there an address that one can send to? Basically proof of burn.
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Need help to recover blpckchain.info wallet, my wife forgot her password and the brute force with btcrecover is not catching the password

I used btcrecover to extract the wallet file (wallet.aes.json) from a blockchain account and I have been running btcrecover with dictionaries of my making but it has been going on for weeks and I am ...
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Recover Bitcoin From Transaction ID

Back in 2013 I bought some bitcoin for a relatively low price, and stored them in an Electrum wallet on my PC. However, I changed PCs a year or two later, and forgot to copy the bitcoin wallet over. ...
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I'm trying to find out if I invested in bitcoin years ago, how can I find my bitcoin?

For whatever reason I remember investing in bitcoin when it first got started, unfortunately I don't have my old computer or old files anymore. If there is anything you could do to help that would be ...
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Help! Tried sending bitcoins to myself and they disappeared

I'm using the bitcoin-qt client on v0.8.1-beta on Mac OSX I have 3 addresses. I tried sending .01BTC from one address to another. 1K3BjT1y2X2v3PGhqHh33dRb6kVGdR5CBA -> ...
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I own some bitcoin, but forgot how and where i stored them. How can I find my lost bitcoin? [duplicate]

I purchased one bitcoin back on 2/8/14 and now don't recall having any kind of account information. I actually forgot about the purchase until recently. My email address has not changed since I ...
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Armory Wallet With 2BTC Gone After 3 Years! HELP!

I purchased 2 bitcoins with CoinBase online 3 years ago. I then sent them to an Armory wallet that I had on a server. Everything transferred successfully and I never thought twice about them ...
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What happens if I send small amount of btc lesser than fee?

I tried to deposit a small amount of btc in localbitcoins.com, but it was smaller than their deposit fee so it was not processed by them, now what will happen to that chunk? and can I get back the btc?...
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How do I reclaim misplaced bitcoins?

I was given an address to send bitcoins to & it appears the address change but now the deposit did not occur at the address intended & my Source Bitcoin wallet company states there's nothing ...
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Multibit balance does not match blockchain balance. Weird extra bitcoins appear. Now the are gone plus some?

So, really weird. Went to send some bitcoins to another of my wallets and all went as expected. I sent 1.013 BTC from a balance of about 3.01254367 BTC. My girlfriend then went to make a withdrawal. ...
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How can a seed generate the wrong addresses?

What happened: I created a wallet with my backup seed. Then I sent to the generated wallet addresses: BTC: bc1q70shswq68tx5p2e2mms34up5jpxeqfyzp3let6 Everything was ok and I had access to my funds ...
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Find my block chain

How can I find all of my lost bitcoin accounts and transfer the funds? I was just recently made aware that there are multiple Bitcoin accounts in my name and a block chain. I don't know where to go ...
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Sent btc to unknown address. Btc remains unspent

I have sent BTC to an unknown address. The BTC shows up as "unspent" on a blockchain explorer. How can I locate or retrieve the BTC?
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Recovering bitcoins

I purchased bitcoins in 2009 and then never really cared about it. The email address used to purchase the bitcoin is still used. However I don't have emails prior to 2010. Is there any way I can ...
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Bitcoin Core on a Linux partition on MacBook… Lost bitcoin due to insufficient disk space to update blocks

As the title says, I have an interesting difficulty and have no idea how to resolve it. I installed bitcoin core on the linux partition of my macbook, but was not aware that it needed as much disk ...
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Accidentally sent to my own receiving address, will I get back my bitcoins?

I mistakenly pasted my own Blockchain.info receiving address into the recipient field when I was trying to send BTC to a friend. I usually receive either a "send" or "receive" notification in my ...
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If transaction has impossible locking script, are coins lost?

If a bitcoin transaction's outputs have a locking script that is basically unsolvable, are the bitcoins lost, or can the transaction be invalidated? (Or something else?)
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Have I lost my Bitcoins?

I'm really new to bitcoins so being naive I've jumped in downloading a wallet (bitcoin core), got my address and set off buying 1 bitcoin. Now I bought the bitcoin and it all went fine, I went to my ...
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Exported wallet.dat from bitcoin-qt. Then uninstalled bitcoin-qt. Now the wallet is empty!

Some months ago, I installed bitcoin-qt on Ubuntu, created a wallet and address, then transferred funds to it from MtGox. I let it sync up for over 10 days, but it never fully synced. So I exported a ...
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Need help recovering my bitcoins

A few years ago I purchased some bitcoins from MtGox and decided to retrieve them to the wallet on my PC. Now without getting into detail I got sick of the headaches and ended up uninstalling the ...
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What happens to bitcoins that are in a ponzi scheme wallet? [closed]

I bought bitcoins that are stored in Cloud Token wallet. I found out later on that this crypto currency was part of a Ponzi scheme (shame on me). Currently I've had difficulty withdrawing my coins, ...
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Searching for old bitcoin “accounts “

I recall accepting bitcoin payment several years ago when the concept was fairly new. My trouble is, I don’t know what happened to the bitcoin after the receipt. What methods are available to search ...
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Software wallets and what happen if you break your computer

I've been reading about wallets, web wallets, software wallets, hardware wallets...and there is one question that I could not clear up from other threads: Your bitcoins are stored in the chain. Use ...
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Computer crashed, total reinstallation. Have wallet.dat but not private key

My computer crashed and I was using the Bitcoin Core/QT client (they're the same right)? I thought I had my public and private keys saved, but those keys are from my old Armory wallet. I don't think I ...
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Can I retrieve missing Bitcoins that failed to process as Wallet is corrupt?

I have been using an old wallet until last year - Bitcoin Version v0.8.5-beta. QT Version 4.8.3. I stopped using it as it has become corrupt. I had made several transactions that were not successful ...
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Where can I find my Bitcoin core key? [duplicate]

I bought some bitcoins a few years ago using Bitcoin Core. I have since discarded my computer as it broke. Where/how can I find my bitcoins?