What can I do if I’ve been scammed out of bitcoins? Bitcoin transactions may be irreversible but there are steps you can take to ensure that someday it may be possible to recover your funds.
Taint the Receiving Address
How do I taint a scam bitcoin address? Is it possible to taint a bitcoin address? Yes! By reporting a scammers receiving bitcoin address(es) to BitcoinWhosWho.com you taint them and all future downstream transaction addresses. Forever. This allows anyone, including law enforcement, to monitor the addresses, and associated wallets, and take action when they are sent to crypto exchanges, Bitcoin ATMs and other known exit points.
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Your report to Bitcoin Whos Who can also help screen and potentially freeze future fraudulent transactions.
Only BitcoinWhosWho.com offers blockchain community members a free API and searchable database of reported scam and bitcoin address website appearances, but there are other fraud report venues out there:
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You help police and deter future frauds by always reporting scam addresses to BitcoinWhosWho.com. Just lookup the address and select “Report Scam”. All scam reports are accessible by keyword search or the “Blacklisted Bitcoin Address” API.
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