Is there a way to report/shutdown a Bitcoin Criminal/Bad-Actor?


I received a SPAM/Phishing/Blackmail email demanding payment to a specific Bitcoin wallet.

BTC: 15vUqauqHybEPvXYLv97WW4XwM2YHXYC1d

How can this criminal be shutdown?

If legal action is problematic, could a "User Rating/Classification" be added to BTC Wallets so that it's possible to "tag" Bitcoin users who are using this technology for illegal purposes?

EDIT (evening of 20181125)

BitCoin Address Transactions for Wallet 15vUqauqHybEPvXYLv97WW4XwM2YHXYC1d

         |  Number of   |
         |   Receive    |
Date     | Transactions |
20181116 |         5    |
20181117 |         4    |
20181118 |         7    |
20181119 |        11    |
20181120 |         3    |
20181121 |         3    |
20181122 |         1    |
20181125 |         2    |

1.55036944 BTC scammed so far to just this wallet.
Other accumulator/consolidation wallets hold much more.

On 20181119 everything was transferred to BTC Wallet 38b3k1qkYDQDxX7FTZ14UtioemUmvH6Wfv. This wallet then showed receiving two transactions for the sum of 3.78129807 BTC.

On 20181120 small transactions to the origin wallet continued.

BTC Wallet 38b3k1qkYDQDxX7FTZ14UtioemUmvH6Wfv received one more transaction for a total of 3.78129807 BTC. This wallet was then transfered to BTC Wallet 1KNY4i1642h7Rhrd2YUUv6RCJ3eifybbeF which shows a total receipt of 15.31805607 BTC - all apparent consolidations on 20181120.

On 20181122 the contents of the original wallet was transferred to BTC Wallet 38ezWFTTFJbyAD1oHXzydfVAxsXUwZYukg. Less than 20 minutes later, this entire wallet was transferred to 2 other wallets.

Being a BitCoin criminal seems to be very lucrative.


Posted 2018-11-17T18:10:05.787

Reputation: 103


Possible duplicate of Can we report a fraudster by their bitcoin wallet address?

– Nate Eldredge – 2018-11-17T18:23:26.723

1You can report it to your local police. It's unlikely they'll be able to do anything. There is no centralized authority who can "shut them down". – Nate Eldredge – 2018-11-17T18:23:52.820

@NateEldredge There is no technology to notify users they are dealing with a user suspected of nefarious activities? Or some sort of "BTC Wallet Rating"? – rickhg12hs – 2018-11-17T18:32:53.223

1No, there is not. And it wouldn't help. People can generate any number of Bitcoin addresses. Probably nobody has ever seen that specific address before the scammer created it to send to you, and each other victim is seeing a fresh new address also. – Nate Eldredge – 2018-11-17T18:46:56.850

@NateEldredge There are nine transactions/victims there already.

– rickhg12hs – 2018-11-17T18:49:45.613

@rickhg12hs There is such a service. It's called "Google". And now people who punch "15vUqauqHybEPvXYLv97WW4XwM2YHXYC1d" into this wallet rating service will find your report. – David Schwartz – 2018-11-21T23:55:34.090

@DavidSchwartz And hopefully someday, this wallet and all descendants will be tracked for illegal money laundering. – rickhg12hs – 2018-11-24T07:14:33.297

@NateEldredge Finding Pseudonymous Bitcoin Criminals

– rickhg12hs – 2018-11-29T19:35:29.847



Bitcoin is supposed to be permissionless and censorship resistant. That's the whole point. So, no, you can't do that.

Kristaps Kaupe

Posted 2018-11-17T18:10:05.787

Reputation: 161

It's a shame that BitCoin is abused by criminals. This wallet now has 13 transactions/victims. – rickhg12hs – 2018-11-18T19:00:43.397

Maybe someone will develop a BitCoin transaction processor that includes a voluntary rating system. – rickhg12hs – 2018-11-18T19:03:25.527

Finding Pseudonymous BitCoin Criminals – rickhg12hs – 2018-11-29T19:34:13.123

That "Finding Pseudonymous BitCoin Criminals" article does not mention CoinJoin, which is tecnique that exists, works and allows various parties to join together their bitcoins in a single transaction in a way that nobody knows for sure who paid to who (JoinMarket and Wasabi Wallet, for example). Bitcoin isn't fully traceable if you know what you are doing. – Kristaps Kaupe – 2018-11-30T22:04:19.303