A Chainlink user going by dawidkabani13 on GitHub has received $11,000 in donations after losing 4,005 LINK tokens due to a mistake where he sent a transaction to a smart contract on the Ethereum blockchain that did not support the token.
The user sent the funds to the Aavegotchi (GHST) smart contract and after realizing his mistake, he reached out to the cryptocurrency community asking for help to recover his “life savings.” He offered a 1,000 LINK reward to anyone who could help and even tried to reach out to Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin to see if he could reverse the transaction.
The Chainlink user eventually got the attention of Aavegotchi, which responded by setting up a donation page to help him recover his lost funds before the holidays. The project’s founder, Jesse Johnson, revealed on social media over $1,000 were raised across more than 200 deposits of 68 tokens.
While the 4,005 LINK tokens, worth over $45,000, are now believed to be stuck on the Ethereum blockchain “forever,” the crypto community help dawid, who said he “met a lot of people who lost a lot of money in various ways.”
Seeing how much was donated dawidkabani13 revealed he was “shocked” by the crypto community’s efforts to raise funds for him, and even said that if he could ever call something Christmas Magic, this was it.
Mistakes where users send large amounts of funds to the wrong address or where they accidentally attach large transaction fees that aren’t necessary often happen. The co-owner of Bitcoin.org, the website originally registered by Satoshi Nakamoto, has revealed this month the website received a large 10 BTC donation, worth over $280,000, from a user who said he made a mistake.
Cobra noted that after the user confirmed he was controlling the address that sent the 10 BTC by sending a specific amount from it, he was able to return the 10 BTC donation.
Similarly, when a user accidentally attached a 2,100 ETH fee to a transaction, then worth over $300,000, the mining pool that found the block, Sparkpool, agreed to split the fee with the user.
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