What to do when a person you don’t know is asking you for money
What to Do When A Person You Don’t Know Is Ask For Money article The following is an excerpt from my new book, The Mystery of Money: The True Story Behind the Strange, Insane, and Crazy World of Cryptocurrency, by Stephen Pair.
In this article, I reveal the identity of the person who requested me for cash, and I reveal how the mysterious person who demanded money used Bitcoin to make the request.
I also reveal how this mysterious person had access to a number of Bitcoin accounts on the Bitcoin exchange platform, Bitstamp, and that the person whose identity I revealed made a claim that the funds were stolen from his wallet.
The person I revealed is Stephen Pair, an Australian-born bitcoin entrepreneur and the co-founder of Bitstamps new company, Bitcoin Money.
I would like to thank Stephen for sharing his incredible story.
In his new book The Mystery Of Money, Pair shares a remarkable story of how, in the early days of the Bitcoin craze, he came upon the identity and personal details of the mysterious bitcoin cash demander.
“I started researching this particular case, and discovered the story behind this person’s unusual request,” Pair said.
“This is the story of Stephen Pair.”
Bitcoin cash: The Story of a Missing Person’s Request by Stephen Pair (Alfred A. Knopf, 2017) This story begins in the mid-2000s.
In 2004, a mysterious person approached Stephen for a personal consultation, asking him to provide a personal reference to a missing person.
The mysterious person, identified as “John Doe,” claimed to have a large collection of Bitcoin cash.
“This is how it began for me,” Pair explained.
“John, a guy I’ve never met, came into my office one day, and he said, ‘I want you to come down and meet with me at a certain location,’ and he had a number I knew he wanted to meet with at a specific time.
I asked him how much he was going to pay me for the time, and John said he was willing to pay $3,000.”
“I knew that John Doe wasn’t the same person who had contacted me the previous year, and yet somehow I had this incredible sense of wonder that this was a person I had never met.”
The mysterious person then asked for a small amount of Bitcoin to send to his wallet on the Bitstamping exchange.
Pair had no idea what to do next.
When I first read this account of a mysterious money request, I thought, “This sounds like a story I’d love to read,” he said.
The mystery person who made the request was not exactly the kind of person I would expect to find a missing persons case in my office, so I asked Stephen if he had any tips on how to handle this situation.
He replied, “No, I don’t.
This is something I’m not familiar with, and so I decided to look into it myself.
So I went into my wallet, and in the transaction history there was this transaction with the person’s Bitcoin address.
I found a transaction that said, John Doe made a $3.50 transaction.
I looked up the Bitcoin address, and there it was, my Bitcoin wallet address.
I took a look at the transaction, and it was a $100 transaction.
Then I realized what was going on.
I knew the identity, I knew what the address was, and then I looked at the Bitcoin transaction history and it had an entry for a Bitcoin address of 0x0f2a8d1c6f7fef0a3a3f3d5be9e7dc6e3b1cc.
I called the Bitcoin wallet, which was a Bitcoin wallet I had in my email.
They said, “We don’t have this account.”
I said, “Well, I’d like to have it verified.”
They told me to send $500 in Bitcoin to a Bitcoin account that I hadn’t set up yet, and to send the $500 to the person.
I said I would contact the Bitcoin developer on the exchange, and said I wanted a bitcoin address that matched the address I had on the wallet I used to send my Bitcoin to.
Within two weeks, I had the Bitcoin account I had used to receive the $3 and $500 address, which I gave to my wife.
She got in touch with the Bitcoin community and asked me to add the account to the Bitcoin blockchain.
About two weeks later, a developer for the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) exchange told me that the $400 had been sent.
I told the Bitcoin developers that I didn’t have the $100 address, but that I had a Bitcoin Address that matched it.
They said, okay, I’ll verify it.
I sent $400 to the address. The