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What happens if I send my coins to the wrong address
What happens if I send my coins to the wrong address
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Written by NAGAX-Team
Updated over a week ago

Anyone who has ever accidentally sent their cryptocurrency to the wrong address knows that awful feeling in your stomach. Taking a loss due to human error is unfortunately more common than you might think in the crypto world.

The surge in popularity of cryptocurrencies has put the capabilities of these unique financial instruments in the spotlight. They are fast and efficient, but no matter how secure they are, there is no full-proofway to protect your cryptocurrency from your own mistake.

Every day, thousands of cryptocurrencies are lost due to simple sending errors.

Sending your crypto to the wrong address is a common example of how crypto could get lost. 😢

Did you send cryptocurrency to the wrong address?

The first thing to consider when you realize that you made a mistake by sending your cryptocurrency to an unknown address is to find out where you sent the coins. If you sent them to a person's wallet, you will need to contact them directly. This task may require detective skills from you. If you can contact this person, you might be lucky and be able to recover your funds. The sender can be kind-hearted and return the crypto to you. If not, then your coins are unfortunately gone.

Bitcoin is 'unrecoverable'

Bitcoin functions as a peer-to-peer monetary system and store of value. Bitcoin works as an open-source and its decentralized nature does not allow users to get money back. For these reasons, you should be especially careful before sending your precious Satoshi. The internet is filled with horror stories of millions of Bitcoins lost forever due to simple human error.

Key Fact: One of the biggest losses ever incurred due to misdirected funds occurred back in June 2014. An investor sent 800 bitcoins to the wrong address.

NAGAX verifies the address before allowing you to send your tokens. On most networks, including Bitcoin, the protocol recognizes that the network address is invalid and does not process your transaction.

❗❗Please be very careful when you send your cryptocurrency. Always double-check the recipient's address before you click 'Send' otherwise, you may have a costly reminder of your mistake.

Cryptocurrencies are highly volatile and trading can result in the loss of your invested funds. Before investing you should be aware that cryptocurrencies may not be suitable for all investors. You should therefore carefully consider whether trading or holding digital assets is suitable for you in light of your financial condition and not invest money that you can not afford to lose.

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