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Bitcoin User Overpaid By $500,000 For A $200 Deal

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In times of high congestion, Bitcoin users sending transactions on the network pay high fees to be included in the next block. These fees can reach hundreds of dollars depending on the transaction size, but a user might have broken the record.

20 Bitcoin To Move $200, What Happened?

Data from the analytics platform mempool.space, a user paid over $500,000 or 20 Bitcoin to transfer around $200. The chart below shows that the transaction fee has almost reached 200 million satoshis (sats).

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BTC transaction made by an entity that overpaid by $500,000 in fees. Source: mempool.space via Jameson Lopp on X

Jameson Lopp, co-founder and CTO at CASA speculated about the transaction and why a single entity would pay such a high fee to send a small amount of money. Lopp stated:

The transaction that paid nearly 20 BTC ($500,000) fee a few hours ago looks like an exchange or payment processor with buggy software. They’ve received 60,000+ txns and sent 60,000+ txns from the same address (bad practice) and likely calculated their change output incorrectly.

In addition, CASA’S CTO stated that the transaction came from a “hot wallet,” a Bitcoin address connected to the internet, with the characteristics of those used by crypto exchanges and other enterprises. Lopp added:

It looks like it only receives deposits from one address to top up its balance every now and then. Spending pattern is one long peel chain!

As of this writing, the crypto exchange or company that owns this Bitcoin wallet seems unaware of its bug. The entity still holds over $10 million or 421 BTC on the hot wallet.

Moreover, the entity that paid $500,000 to move $200 seems active. The hot wallet records over 61,000 transactions, many occurring in the past hour alone, since its inception in late June 2023.

As Lopp noted, the address operates solely as a withdrawal hot wallet. The executive concluded that the transactions recorded by the wallet seem automated and probably the result of software created by a new entity in the crypto space.

Lopp said: “Looks like they haven’t noticed; they still have a ton of funds in the wallet and it’s still sending transactions.”

As of this writing, Bitcoin (BTC) trades at $25,700 with sideways movement across the board.

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BTC’s price is moving sideways on the daily chart. Source: BTCUSDT Tradingview

Cover image from Unsplash, chart from Tradingview


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