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March 11, 2019, 11:35:04 AM
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Hi guys, I'm a newbie to this stuff and unfortunately fell foul to the Electrum phishing scam as I'm still getting clued up in the world of the deeper web. My question is simple yet seemingly challenging to figure out: Is there a way a can recoup my lost BTC?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks.
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March 11, 2019, 12:41:46 PM
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The transactions are checked and verified within blockchain. So, it's not possible to recoup your lost BTC.

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March 11, 2019, 02:16:19 PM
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The bad news for you is that no one can help you to recover stolen coins, so it is best to learn something from this bad experience and move on. Bitcoin has some disadvantages, and one of them is when transaction is confirmed on blockchain, no one asks whether it is a legal transaction or it is something like what happened to you.

I just hope you did not lost too much money, and that you will learn how security is important when it comes to cryptocurrency. Download wallets only from legit sites, and learn how to verify signature + keep you device clean from malicious programs.

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March 11, 2019, 03:58:49 PM
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It is impossible to reverse/cancel Bitcoin transaction, especially after it's included on blocks.

If you have big amount of Bitcoin and Bitcoin/cryptocurrency is legal on your country, you can report the phishing attack to the police and hopefully the thief is dumb enough to try sell his stolen Bitcoin on regulated exchange. But it is extremely unlikely and IMO you're just wasting your time.

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March 11, 2019, 04:01:45 PM
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Thank you, verify signature?
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March 11, 2019, 05:08:14 PM
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Thank you, verify signature?

Please be specific

If you're thinking to make a signed message to verify you're an owner of a bitcoin address, then it's useless since the thief also have private key to your bitcoin address (unless the thief don't bother store seed/private key).

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March 11, 2019, 05:12:07 PM
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Thank you, verify signature?

Proving you own the address that the funds were stripped from doesn't help you at this point.

If the authorities get involved and happen to find the culprit, and (eventually) proceed to returning the bitcoin to it's rightful owners, then maybe they'll ask for a signature verification.  But the odds of that happening are slim to none.

Like Lucius said, you're not likely to ever see that money again, unfortunately.  Hopefully you didn't lose much and will be able to recover from your loss.  Think of it as paying for an education, and knowledge is priceless.  

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March 11, 2019, 05:49:39 PM
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Thank you, verify signature?

ETFbitcoin&DireWolfM14, he is referring to my post where I mentioned downloading wallets and verify signature.

Now it is too late to verify anything, but in future you should check files you download before installation. In that way you can be sure that files are legit, and that there is no malicious files. It is not complicated to do that, and it something very important when it comes to crypto wallets.

Here is tutorial how to do that : How to verify your Electrum [Windows, Linux, Mac]



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March 12, 2019, 10:32:55 AM
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but in future you should check files you download before installation. In that way you can be sure that files are legit, and that there is no malicious files. It is not complicated to do that, and it something very important when it comes to crypto wallets.

Here is tutorial how to do that : How to verify your Electrum [Windows, Linux, Mac]

i dont verify that step by instruction, download only legit site : https://electrum.org
than running electrum standalone offline with fresh computer. worked fine for me

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March 12, 2019, 03:28:44 PM
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Hi guys, I'm a newbie to this stuff and unfortunately fell foul to the Electrum phishing scam as I'm still getting clued up in the world of the deeper web. My question is simple yet seemingly challenging to figure out: Is there a way a can recoup my lost BTC?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks.


Hey merlin17, we wrote about a method that could help you avoid such scams in the future.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5118417.0

Sorry for your lost and hope this helps you.

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March 26, 2019, 02:41:16 PM
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Hi guys, I'm a newbie to this stuff and unfortunately fell foul to the Electrum phishing scam as I'm still getting clued up in the world of the deeper web. My question is simple yet seemingly challenging to figure out: Is there a way a can recoup my lost BTC?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks.


1) File a police report
2) You can track the BTC, if they go into an exchange like binance, ask them to freeze the funds
3) provide the exchange (binance) a copy of the police report and hope for the best.

If the stolen BTC are of low value (i.e. less than 10k) , then the exchange might not bother with your request as it happens all the time

/KX

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