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Bruce Wagner
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November 13, 2010, 04:16:17 PM

Have you ever accidentally send Bitcoin to the wrong person?  Or sent the wrong amount?

I did.  Like a fool.  Last night I was playing around with it and falling asleep at the same time.  

I tried to upload 17 bitcoins to Mt.Gox... but I went to my addressbook and saw one unlabeled address.  Thinking, oh that must be the new address just created, I'll use that one...  I sent it to that address.   Of course, instantly I remembered that it creates new addressed when RECEIVING money, not when sending it.  Duhhh.   I went back to Mt.Gox and it just has a box to enter the amount.  Only AFTER you submit that, then it tells you the address to send it to.  

Oh well.   One of my contacts received a surprise of 17 BTN last night.  Paying it forward.

What would I do if it had been 170,000 BTN....?       Smiley

I might not be so happy letting it go then....

PS - Is the proper abbreviation BTN or BTC or BCN?   I can never remember.
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November 13, 2010, 04:36:33 PM


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November 13, 2010, 04:39:32 PM

BTC is commonly used. Well, your problem is misunderstanding of the concept of bitcoins. Strangely enough to create addresses to send money from. You already have money why should you create addresses to pay? Anyway, I believe it's just you who made such a mistake. Now I have bitcoin extension for chrome (oh, I'd send 50 BTC to the author, works like a charm) and just can't mess with addresses when sending some coins to anybody.
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November 13, 2010, 06:59:29 PM

Clearly you need to make sure that you can't easily access your entire bitcoin savings at once. :-)

I do always have a feeling of responsibility or control or something when I'm sending. It's different than most things online which you can just undo or cancel or whatever. Bitcoin seems more real I guess.

Someone actually said they sent me a payment when they hadn't and it turned out they sent it to someone else. It was a bit more than 17BTC and luckly he knew who it was and was able to get it back from the person.

Is this something to worry about? You get a virus or bad program and whenever you copy a bitcoin addy it replaces the data in your clipboard with it's own address. I look at a few digits on big sends just in case, lol. Also protects against the copy not having worked and the previous addy still being on clipboard.

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November 13, 2010, 07:13:19 PM

Sweet! 17 BTC. thanks Bruce. ;-)
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November 14, 2010, 10:34:50 PM

Maybe we can just add a quick ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO SEND MONEY HERE prompt before sending them.

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