Frequently Asked Questions

What is BitcoinAbuse.com?

BitcoinAbuse.com is a public database of bitcoin addresses used by hackers and criminals. Criminals are moving online now more than ever. Ransomware like wannacry is spreading everyday.

Bitcoin is anonymous if used perfectly. Luckily, no one is perfect. Even hackers make mistakes. It only takes one slip to link stolen bitcoin to a hacker's their real identity.

Is there an API?

Yup. Use the link below to view all distinct addresses that have been reported. The API will always be free but we may add authentication in the future. If you use our API in your project please link back to us.

https://www.bitcoinabuse.com/api/reports/distinct

If you want to report addresses automatically check out the full API Documentation.

Can you remove a report?

No, in order to protect the integrity of the BitcoinAbuse database we will not remove or edit any reports.

Someone is blackmailing me. Do they really have pictures of me?

Blackmail demanding payment in Bitcoin has become common. Criminals will send an email claiming to have pictures or video of you in a compromising situation. Often the email will appear to be sent from your own email address. They will claim this as "proof" that they have hacked your computer and your email account. In fact, spoofing an email sender is trivial. If an attacker really had pictures of you they would show you the pictures.

Sometimes the blackmail will even include an old password. This is another scare tactic. The old password is all the attacker has. Read more about sextortion scams.

What are you doing to shutdown the bitcoin address I report?

There is nothing we can do. No bank or government has the technical ability to freeze an account to seize funds on the blockchain. That is why criminals use bitcoin.

Our goal is to publicly documenting that certain coins have been used in a crime. We hope that in the future it will be harder for the attacker to spend stolen bitcoin. At the very least, attackers will have to spend more on laundering the money.

So why should I file a report at all?

The biggest reason to file a report about a certain address is it will help others see they are not alone. Many people are getting the exact same spam emails and they are all phony. Hopefully by sharing this information fewer people will fall for these scams.


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