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Question: I sent bitcoins to the following wallet address: 12PoVZpvkaKbsHozKR2dyouTmPF9egcF4N they are currently unspent on the blockchain. Unfortunately it was a scam address trying to buy hardware. Can I get these bitcoins back?
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January 15, 2018, 11:01:20 AM
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I sent bitcoins to the following wallet address: 12PoVZpvkaKbsHozKR2dyouTmPF9egcF4N they are currently unspent. Unfortunately it was a scam address trying to buy hardware. Can I get these bitcoins back? Thanks Martyn
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January 15, 2018, 11:03:52 AM
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I sent bitcoins to the following wallet address: 12PoVZpvkaKbsHozKR2dyouTmPF9egcF4N they are currently unspent. Unfortunately it was a scam address trying to buy hardware. Can I get these bitcoins back? Thanks Martyn

Checking on the transaction indicates that it has already been confirmed.

https://blockchain.info/address/12PoVZpvkaKbsHozKR2dyouTmPF9egcF4N

Unfortunately, because of this your money cannot be retrieved, you've been scammed. All you can do now is watch the address, and hope they send the payment to another address that can identify him, this is highly unlikely however.

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January 15, 2018, 11:05:42 AM
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No, Bitcoin transactions are irreversible and only the person with the private key to that Bitcoin address can spend it. This is why you need to be extra vigilant against scams when using Bitcoin compared to banks or credit cards. Always use an escrow when buying hardware with Bitcoin.

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January 15, 2018, 11:07:34 AM
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Yeah, this was a valid transaction which is unfortunately irreversible. We can't dispute or file any claims since Bitcoin is unregulated.
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January 15, 2018, 11:12:48 AM
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OK thanks for your reply. Yes unfortunate.
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January 15, 2018, 11:30:35 AM
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This was the fraudulent website that has now been taken down:


https://shop.bitmaiņ.com/antminer_s9_asic_bitcoin_miner/

They slightly changed the n for a foreign character as you can see which is almost unnoticeable when accessed when it was live. Looked identical to Bitmains official site.

Thanks Martyn
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January 15, 2018, 11:44:32 AM
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They slightly changed the n for a foreign character as you can see which is almost unnoticeable when accessed when it was live. Looked identical to Bitmains official site.
This is very hard to spot, I've seen it before and it took me a while to notice it. It's only one pixel, nothing more than a piece of dust on my screen.
They didn't really think about scamsites when they allowed this in domain names!

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January 15, 2018, 02:23:17 PM
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Yes exactly my thoughts about the domain names. It should be like when you register a company name that nothing can be too similar. Shocking really.
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January 15, 2018, 02:25:55 PM
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They slightly changed the n for a foreign character as you can see which is almost unnoticeable when accessed when it was live. Looked identical to Bitmains official site.
This is very hard to spot, I've seen it before and it took me a while to notice it. It's only one pixel, nothing more than a piece of dust on my screen.
They didn't really think about scamsites when they allowed this in domain names!

Waouw... heard of amazoņ?
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January 15, 2018, 04:50:31 PM
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That's awful, does Chrome or Firefox offer any kind of warning of this or may be some protection extension to warn about foreign letters in the web address?
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