What To Do If Scammed Out Of Bitcoin

What can I do if I’ve been scammed out of bitcoin?

We get inquiries like this daily. Fortunately, there are a few options.

Needless to say, the best thing to do is not to get scammed in the first place. Before sending anyone you don’t know valuable bitcoins you should perform some due diligence on BitcoinWhosWho.com or sites like badbitcoin.org to see if the website is known for fraudulent transactions. 99Bitcoins.com also provides a great scam test questionnaire.

It is impossible to unilaterally reverse transactions once confirmed on the bitcoin blockchain, but, if you’ve already sent BTC to someone who is no longer responding to your emails and you now believe is a fraud, you can take some action.

First, you can flag the address on BitcoinWhosWho.com so everyone can see it’s a scam and read why.

Flag Scam Bitcoin Addresses
Flag Scam Bitcoin Addresses

Second, you can check for any identifying characteristics about the bitcoin address. It only takes one mistake for a scammer to be exposed forever on the blockchain. Check the Bitcoin Who’s Who Bitcoin Address Report for;

  • Website Appearances. See if the address has ever appeared on any websites that could be used to identify the scammer.
  • The “Last Transaction IP” Address. It’s possible this IP address belongs to the scammer and can be used to identify his or her location.
  • Wallet Name. The wallet name may lead you to an exchange or service that can be subpoenaed.
  • Recent Transaction w/ Known Entities. The address may have recently transacted with an entity that can be subpoenaed
  • Monitor Future Transactions. Setup an email alert or “watch” to be notified when your BTC gets moved to another address that can possibly be identified

Third, contact your local law enforcement agency and file a report with ic3.gov

21 thoughts on “What To Do If Scammed Out Of Bitcoin”

  1. Sorry i sent my email to your address as ‘warned’ or something!
    Sorry, i thought you were going to respond to ME , not to put it up as a possible scam address!
    Humbly apologize, would ask you to take it off!

    Kind regards,
    Aubrey Richardson

  2. I will advise anyone who intends to trade with these companies to stop and hold on to you funds. I lost 48,750 USD in the space of four days. Something was wrong because a lot of trades were not initiated by myself. After doing some research I found out their systems rigged completely. I was able to recover my funds with help from a recovery consultant (deftrecovery atgmail com).

  3. I was devastated when i lost my bitcoin to litinvest but was able to recover them. Reachout to David { iphonemaillingapps via Aol mail } and share this discovery, we have an obligation to look out for our own.

  4. I have the wallet name of the scammer: a9f12b2e4f99ef34
    How can this person now be identified. I was scammed out of 0.1 btc.

  5. If someone uses a Huobi hosted walled, how do you know if they opened it in Huobi China, Singapore, US or any other country, or is it impossible to find out.

  6. I have a wallet name of the scammer 1G6eS1LSVhrkAET9YHKzaSfCfxqc9HwBxA 200 doller
    1FZWa8SnzmV2CkhZ8BVFaPtrutxu43oNCm 231 doller

    12yrPTcKAwg7EucYPDABju9WufxzYH1bfY 100 doller
    How can these persons identify I need my money back can somebody help me out

  7. Have you ever gotten your bitcoins stolen from your wallet or invested in an ICO that turned out to be a scam, you are not alone because this happened to me too. I initially lost $90,000 in just 3 months from Cryptoallday, I contacted the authorities and they referred me to a bitcoin recovery company who helped me recover all my funds within less than 2 days… I’m speaking out to improve our awareness of these cryptocurrency thieves and help you if you have been a victim yourself. Simply send them an email bitcoinretrieval2018 gmail com

  8. Hi guys, I’ve been trying to get help and no one will help me. Someone scammed me last September and recently paid me back in bitcoin. I know nothing about bitcoin but I supposedly have $25,000 worth on btcvipinvest.com. He’s telling me I need to invest, etc and I’m not doing anything until I know it’s legitimate and then I need advice from someone other than him.
    Can one of you help me just verify if it’s real?
    I’m a licensed therapist in private practice in Long Beach, Ca.
    Please help me!
    562-708-7973
    Thank you so much!
    Sandy

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