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January 08, 2018, 05:52:31 PM
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so a year ago i made a withdraw from an online gambling website. i used my phone app blockchain to recieved this payment. somehow its always been a Watch only. is this even possible? i really dont know what i did because i was a beginner. ive been trying to use bip32 to generate a private key using my back up phrases of my 4 wallets ive ever created on blockchain but none of them generating the address on bip32. is there a way to figure out which wallet is tied to an address am i doomed lol? it was a 360$ witdraw its well over 5k now. very agonizing watching it grow.
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January 08, 2018, 11:40:35 PM
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so a year ago i made a withdraw from an online gambling website. i used my phone app blockchain to recieved this payment. somehow its always been a Watch only. is this even possible? i really dont know what i did because i was a beginner. ive been trying to use bip32 to generate a private key using my back up phrases of my 4 wallets ive ever created on blockchain but none of them generating the address on bip32. is there a way to figure out which wallet is tied to an address am i doomed lol? it was a 360$ witdraw its well over 5k now. very agonizing watching it grow.
Do you have any backup like backup seeds or private keys that you can import and recover your wallet?
If you don't have them i think the only way to recover it is to contact the blockchain support try to contact them here https://twitter.com/askblockchain?lang=en
And verify that you are the owner of this account tell them the truth that you didn't backup any seeds or private keys and you are always sending bitcoin to your bitcoin wallet even its watch only.. 

And hope they can help you about it only few people are lucky to get their wallet backup without the seed phrase..

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January 09, 2018, 01:46:32 PM
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Thanks for your response BitMaxz. Sadly no. like I said I was a beginner it was maybe my first month dealing with bitcoin and I was handling it way too much in consideration to how little research I did into it. I will definitely try contacting them. but I couldn't see them helping me with this kind of info. I need either the private key for the address or to find out which wallet the address came from which is impossible for them to get from what Ive read. Cant hurt to try though. Ive been talking to Recovery pros too but they charge around a quarter of the recovered address to recover funds which is ridiculous and they don't even seem to optimistic about it either.
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January 09, 2018, 03:37:23 PM
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Since it's just a year ago, I assume you are using blockchain.info's hd wallet since it got released around February 2016??

Can you try to remember if the address/es is/are really a part of your HD wallet in blockchain.info? Do you still have an access to your account right now?

Can you give us a list of what you've got there e.g. wallet identifier, password etc.

I also doubt blockchain.info can help you because they don't have any access to their user's account. From what I know they can only provide forgotten wallet identifier. As for the password and recovery phrase no they can't help you retrieve it.

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January 09, 2018, 03:46:33 PM
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Right so I have everything I need for all four wallets I've ever created. passwords and back up phrases. and yes this transaction happened February 8th 2017. all my wallets under used addresses do not have this watch only address listed so I'm very confused on how I got this watch only address. the process of withdraw from my gambling site is very smooth and easy I just get a receive address from my wallet copy paste to gambling site and enter amount to withdraw. I've done this process now hundreds of times with 100% success rate they are a trusted site. this is definitely my fault but I don't what else to do now I feel like I've tried everything.
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January 09, 2018, 04:03:42 PM
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Right so I have everything I need for all four wallets I've ever created. passwords and back up phrases. and yes this transaction happened February 8th 2017. all my wallets under used addresses do not have this watch only address listed so I'm very confused on how I got this watch only address. the process of withdraw from my gambling site is very smooth and easy I just get a receive address from my wallet copy paste to gambling site and enter amount to withdraw. I've done this process now hundreds of times with 100% success rate they are a trusted site. this is definitely my fault but I don't what else to do now I feel like I've tried everything.

Let me clarify something, Four wallets in one account or four wallets in different blockchain.info accounts? Because a single account is entitled of a single recovery phrase even if it has 4+ accounts.

Have you tried using the iancoleman tool? What it does is basically derive all the addresses and it's corresponding private key from your seed (recovery phrase) so if it's not there, the address was from somewhere else other than blockchain.info

(You must have your Recovery phrase/Seed before proceeding)

Download this and run it offline: https://github.com/iancoleman/bip39. Paste your seed there and you will see your address/es and its corresponding private keys at the "Derived Addresses" section. To toggle between accounts, Change the number on the "account" field where 0 is your default account, it means your 2nd account will be "1" and the 3rd will be "2" and so on.. (Use Ctrl+F to easily find the address you want)

*Toogle the External/Internal field to view your change addresses

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January 09, 2018, 04:07:46 PM
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four different wallets. not in the same account. all in blockchain. yes ive used the bip32 and have not found my watch only address within it when I put in my back up phrases. have tried multiple times.
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January 09, 2018, 04:15:13 PM
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four different wallets. not in the same account. all in blockchain. yes ive used the bip32 and have not found my watch only address within it when I put in my back up phrases. have tried multiple times.

Bip32? You're talking about the iancoleman tool? If yes, you have to go to BIP44 tab not the bip32. Try it again sir.

Then you should have 4 recovery phrase and you have to enter them individually.

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January 09, 2018, 04:19:44 PM
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it is set on bip44. and it does work. it generates all addresses ive ever used within the wallets. very confusing where this address came from because it is imported. back when I started using bitcoin for withdraws I knew no one else who used bitcoin. so for me to give my gambling website an address to receive a withdraw that is watch only is beyond me. pretty much impossible unless I can create a watch only address within my wallet which I don't think you can.
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January 09, 2018, 04:36:43 PM
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it is set on bip44. and it does work. it generates all addresses ive ever used within the wallets. very confusing where this address came from because it is imported. back when I started using bitcoin for withdraws I knew no one else who used bitcoin. so for me to give my gambling website an address to receive a withdraw that is watch only is beyond me. pretty much impossible unless I can create a watch only address within my wallet which I don't think you can.

Have you already tried changing the values on the "External/Internal" field because if yes, then the address wasn't generated on blockchain.info.

Maybe it's some kind of malware? I know the copy paste virus where the data you copied will not be the same when you pasted it but if this was what happened in your case, then the watch only address can't be explained (doesn't match up). This can't help you but you can try pasting the watch only address here: https://www.walletexplorer.com since it can know it's associates although it's limited.

Anyone can create a watch only address but to spend it's funds you have to get its private key  Sad

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January 09, 2018, 04:43:22 PM
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I have changed values. And I don't thinks its a bad address I can remember getting this addresss off my blockchain app from within my wallet just don't know how I did it. also I can see all transactions made with this address. it has zero transactions. so if somehow it was a malware or something trying to steal my funds they were not successful.
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January 09, 2018, 04:52:26 PM
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I used wallet explorer. can you explain what im looking at please. it shows the transaction and the wallet used.
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January 09, 2018, 05:13:13 PM
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I have changed values. And I don't thinks its a bad address I can remember getting this addresss off my blockchain app from within my wallet just don't know how I did it. also I can see all transactions made with this address. it has zero transactions. so if somehow it was a malware or something trying to steal my funds they were not successful.

Zero transactions? I thought this address has $5K??

What I'm saying is in the copy paste virus, it's possible that what you copied may not be the same when you pasted it e.g. copied address 1 but Address 2 showed up when you pasted it in the withdraw platform. If a user didn't checked what he pasted then it's possible that the funds were withdrawn in address 2 which is not his. It's just a speculation and nothing is clear. You can ignore this in short  Cry

I used wallet explorer. can you explain what im looking at please. it shows the transaction and the wallet used.

That explorer is kinda different from the usual ones as you can able to see it's associated addresses (addresses which are a part of his account) and from which wallet does it belong although it's limited.

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January 09, 2018, 06:00:46 PM
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ok thank you. and I meant there is not a transaction after the receipt of the money. which was 362$ at the time. funds are still there I have it in my wallet currently just cant access it.
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