A Nigerian, Keith Mali Chung has returned almost $80,000 worth of Bitcoin (BTC) mistakenly transferred to him.
Bitcoin is the original digital currency that is exchanged between users online.
“I trade in bitcoin, but never such a high amount. I knew it had to be a mistake so I posted an announcement via some WhatsApp groups to track down the owner,” Chung told Radio France Internationale on the phone.
Three days passed and there was no positive response, so Chung took to Twitter to track down the owner.
He tweeted about the incident on September 12, asking the unknown sender to provide certain details of the transaction to get a refund.
“I received huge sum of BTC from an unknown sender and it’s definitely a mistake from someone I must have had transaction with before, Kindly DM me time of transaction, your address and exact digits sent.. thank you. Kindly retweet.”
In a further update on September 13, Chung revealed that the exact sum of the accidentally transferred Bitcoin was 7.8 BTC, worth almost $80,000, which prompted a response from someone who had the correct encryption code for the transaction.
“In Africa, which is where I am situated, 80% we transact Cryptos through WhatsApp escrows and someone who himself and I had business in the past made this huge mistake of sending 7.8BTC into my blockchain wallet. I spread the words round & he reached out,” he tweeted.
In Africa, which Is where I am situated, 80% we transact Cryptos through WhatsApp escrows and someone who himself and I had business in the past made this huge mistake of sending 7.8BTC into my blockchain wallet. I spread the words round & he reached out.💝
— Bitcoin Keith (The African Bitcoin Bull) (@BitcoinKeith) September 13, 2019
According to Radio France Internationale, the owner of the bitcoins mistakenly transferred to Chung is a Nigerian politician who asked to remain anonymous.