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April 11, 2013, 11:48:26 PM
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Someone has sent me an invalid address. Do the coins come back automagically?

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April 12, 2013, 12:13:22 AM
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i think they are gone forever. but it helps deflation of BTC.


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April 12, 2013, 12:25:46 AM
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Are you serious??

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April 12, 2013, 12:28:05 AM
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The QT client won't allow sending to an invalid address. Others probably won't either. Perhaps they concatenated the address when it was copy/pasted.

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April 12, 2013, 12:40:00 AM
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i'll have to try it now that my coins are worthless......


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April 12, 2013, 12:51:37 AM
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thanks so much for the replies .. it turns out the client hadn't confirmed the transactions for over 24 hours - restarted the client and it confirmed
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April 12, 2013, 06:54:05 AM
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Hi all,

Someone has sent me an invalid address. Do the coins come back automagically?



coins can't be sent to an invalid address from a client I think - you'll get a message the address in invalid.

If you get a wrong, but working address, then it's an other story..
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April 12, 2013, 09:18:57 PM
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Invalid address, per definition, are invalid, so the transaction would not complete. Now, if you mistakenly send them to a valid address, then yes, they are lost and you'll make someone very happy indeed.

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April 13, 2013, 06:42:43 AM
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Post the transaction. Maybe someone will recognize or can otherwise determine who owns the address.

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