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A bit ago I bought ETH through Coinbase and now I can't find it. I have been trying to hunt it down all day with my luck. My overall knowledge of crypto is limited so I may be doing it wrong.

When I go to the transaction page on Coinbase I am taken to Etherscan and it shows the address I sent it to, within minutes of buying it. I do not remember transferring it that day, but I am sure I could have.

What I do remember is buying a Ledger Nano S to keep it on, with some other coin. I did not receive the Ledger for months after the purchase. When I boot up the Ledger it shows an account for all my various coins. Each account is there, including ETH. But the ETH is the only one with a 0 balance. I transferred less than 1 full coin but there is no part of a coin showing either.

I have been searching all of my paperwork and apps to see where I would have sent it that day. All I have on my PC that could be relevant is a file called wallet which contains an alphanumeric string with over 600 characters.

Is there any way to track this down? Anything I should be looking for?

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  • Did you download Ethereum-Wallet? Did you generate a wallet file, named like UTC-XXXX.json? Did you use mobile wallets? Did you use an online wallet?
    – Ismael
    Jan 3 at 23:44
  • @Ismael Not that I can remember. This was in Jan 2018. Any other popular ones I should check? I do not have a son file. Does knowing where it was sent help track it to anywhere? Any idea what that wallet file with a bunch of numbers, symbols, and letters could represent?
    – Sam Alerm
    Jan 4 at 4:38
  • Well a bunch of numbers, symbols, and letters could be anything. See here for an example of UTC file. It is the most common format for ether wallets. Another alternative is to have a mnemonic of 12 or 24 words.
    – Ismael
    Jan 4 at 4:55
  • @Ismael I know it could be many things and I appreciate your willingness to think through it. This file does not look like this and instead is, like ...hjdgfdisKS&hdgfdk2183... Does knowing where I sent it help identify a wallet I could have used? Is it possible to download the coin and that is what this string represents? Or would I of had to of sent it to a wallet?
    – Sam Alerm
    Jan 4 at 13:39
  • The recipient address doesn't give any information about the wallet used to generate it. The file might look a bitcoin's wif wallet, but I've never used it with a ethers.
    – Ismael
    Jan 4 at 15:31

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