I have sent ether to my PRIVATE ADDRESS instead of ACCOUNT ADDRESS in myetherwallet - What do I do? Please HELP!!!


If you mean "private key" when you say "private address" and the transaction went through, then I'm sorry to say that your ether is unrecoverable.

The only way to recover the ether would be to know the private key for the address it was sent to. Unfortunately, the address it was sent to was roughly random (probably the first 20 bytes of your private key), so finding its private key would be as difficult as breaking into any other account.

Because that private key was partially exposed, it would also be prudent to move any other ether out of the address you were trying to send to. (I'm not sure by how much, but exposing part of the private key for an address weakens the security of that address.)

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  • When I opened myetherwallet I was instructed to copy both a 'private address' AND a 'private key'. – Freedom Dec 18 '17 at 13:44
  • I used that address by mistake - can I still access the ether somewhere? Thankyou – Freedom Dec 18 '17 at 13:45
  • I'm still having trouble understanding what you mean by "private address." I just created a wallet on MyEtherWallet.com and saw no mention of that term. – user19510 Dec 18 '17 at 13:46
  • I just double checked saved files and they are one and the same, just under different labels - however I transfered ether from coinspot over 60 minutes ago and it isnt in 'myetherwallet' yet - is it normal for it to take so long? – Freedom Dec 18 '17 at 14:28
  • It's atypical for a transaction to take that long. Did Coinspot give you a transaction hash or the address they're sending from? If so, you can look for the transaction on etherscan.io to find out what's happening. – user19510 Dec 18 '17 at 14:37

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