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October 18, 2016, 12:41:47 AM
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Hey guys,
So i mistakenly sent my bitcoins to a wrong address.

Lets say the intended address is: 1D3kVrgh71gCFaQerj2eZUboSPeQdwTUQH

I missed out the H at the end and send it to: 1D3kVrgh71gCFaQerj2eZUboSPeQdwTUQ

My wallet currently says 0 confirmations after 4 hours.. is there anything i can do?

Thanks in advance!
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October 18, 2016, 12:44:02 AM
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Hey guys,
So i mistakenly sent my bitcoins to a wrong address.

Lets say the intended address is: 1D3kVrgh71gCFaQerj2eZUboSPeQdwTUQH

I missed out the H at the end and send it to: 1D3kVrgh71gCFaQerj2eZUboSPeQdwTUQ

My wallet currently says 0 confirmations after 4 hours.. is there anything i can do?

Thanks in advance!
Your wallet is broken. It should not allow you to send to the address with a character missing because that is not a valid address. It is invalid, the transaction is invalid, which is why the transaction is not confirmed.

What wallet are you using?

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October 18, 2016, 12:47:54 AM
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Hey guys,
So i mistakenly sent my bitcoins to a wrong address.

Lets say the intended address is: 1D3kVrgh71gCFaQerj2eZUboSPeQdwTUQH

I missed out the H at the end and send it to: 1D3kVrgh71gCFaQerj2eZUboSPeQdwTUQ

My wallet currently says 0 confirmations after 4 hours.. is there anything i can do?

Thanks in advance!

The odds of the address missing a character passing the validation checksum check are pretty small. What wallet are you using? Can you provide the addresses?

Does the transaction show up anywhere else? What were the fees?

See e.g. https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1026.0
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October 18, 2016, 12:57:58 AM
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I could not check the address 1D3kVrgh71gCFaQerj2eZUboSPeQdwTUQ in some block explorer but according to this explorer
http://blockr.io/address/info/1D3kVrgh71gCFaQerj2eZUboSPeQdwTUQ
There still no transaction made or receiving transaction.. i think it can be still reverse once if its not receive any confirmation..
Can you provide the address if where the bitcoin from?

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October 18, 2016, 01:10:51 AM
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The odds of the address missing a character passing the validation checksum check are pretty small. What wallet are you using? Can you provide the addresses?

Does the transaction show up anywhere else? What were the fees?

See e.g. https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1026.0
I could not check the address 1D3kVrgh71gCFaQerj2eZUboSPeQdwTUQ in some block explorer but according to this explorer
http://blockr.io/address/info/1D3kVrgh71gCFaQerj2eZUboSPeQdwTUQ
There still no transaction made or receiving transaction.. i think it can be still reverse once if its not receive any confirmation..
Can you provide the address if where the bitcoin from?
The address is completely and absolutely invalid. If the transaction even exists, then the address will not be the one he thinks it is.

What is the txid of the transaction?

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October 18, 2016, 03:25:33 AM
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The address is completely and absolutely invalid. If the transaction even exists, then the address will not be the one he thinks it is.
Not necessarily. Since only the checksum was affected, it's likely the wallet decoded the public key hash correctly (in which case the transaction is valid and sent the coins to correct address despite the typo), but without checking the checksum at all. Other sorts of typos will not be so fortuitous, and are very likely to lose money. The wallet is not just broken, it's criminally incompetent and the developers should be beaten with rusty chains.

EDIT: Never mind, I don't know what I'm talking about.

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October 18, 2016, 03:44:02 AM
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The address is completely and absolutely invalid. If the transaction even exists, then the address will not be the one he thinks it is.
Not necessarily. Since only the checksum was affected, it's likely the wallet decoded the public key hash correctly (in which case the transaction is valid and sent the coins to correct address despite the typo), but without checking the checksum at all. Other sorts of typos will not be so fortuitous, and are very likely to lose money. The wallet is not just broken, it's criminally incompetent and the developers should be beaten with rusty chains.
No, not only the checksum is affected. The entire pubkeyhash is completely different without that character. Try it yourself with https://gobittest.appspot.com/Address

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October 18, 2016, 04:35:18 AM
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No, not only the checksum is affected. The entire pubkeyhash is completely different without that character. Try it yourself with https://gobittest.appspot.com/Address
D'oh! Yes, you're right. I don't know how I got so confused about how base58 works. I blame insufficient caffeine.

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October 18, 2016, 11:15:48 AM
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No, not only the checksum is affected. The entire pubkeyhash is completely different without that character. Try it yourself with https://gobittest.appspot.com/Address
D'oh! Yes, you're right. I don't know how I got so confused about how base58 works. I blame insufficient caffeine.

Yep.

If he'd have replaced a character with a different character, then perhaps the pubKeyHash might have stayed the same (depending on which character position was replaced), but if you remove the final character, you are essentially dividing the entire integer by 58 (right shifting a base 58 integer on base58 position).  This results in a completely different integer, and therefore a completely different pubKeyHash when you convert that integer to bytes and remove the version and last 4 bytes.


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