Please be my Santa,‘ Chainlink user offers $13,000 reward for correcting a $50,000 error

„I have already done hundreds of transactions in the ETH chain and because of an oversight, the rush and the lessons of my son, I lost my life savings.

According to a Github publication made today, the user „dawidkabani13“ claims to have accidentally sent 4,005 Chainlink (LINK), USD 53,226 at the time of publication of this article, to a smart contract of Aavegotchi (GHST) in the Ethereum block chain, which does not support transactions for the token. The user said that the contract is immutable, which means that his funds may not be recovered. Even so, he is offering a 1,000 LINK reward to anyone willing to help. At the time of publication, this reward would be worth approximately $13,000.

„I am recovering from a terrible loss, I am a father and a husband, and a few days ago I lost my life’s savings due to a small mistake and rush,“ said Dawid. „When I started the rescue operation, I was approached by good people who told me that there should be a possibility of adding a LINK side chain, which would allow me to recover my life savings“.

The author of the smart contract, Nick Mudge, said that the GHSTStakingDiamond to which the user sent the funds „cannot be upgraded“ and that the tokens will probably „be stuck in the diamond [Ethereum] forever. Since then, both Mudge and Dawid have asked Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin to „branch out and reverse the transaction.

@VitalikButerin please be my Santa. I have already made hundreds of transactions on the ETH chain and through an oversight, the haste and lessons of my son (damned* COVID) I lost my life savings by sending all my funds into a smart non-updateable contract.

Aavegotchi also responded to the incident, saying that reversing the transaction might not be „technically modifiable“. However, the company created a donation page to help Dawid recover some of the funds before Christmas. By the time this story is published, users have sent approximately USD 1,179 in Ether (ETH).

„At Christmas, we will transfer whatever has been deposited in this wallet to Dawid, a parent, member of GotchiGang and Link Marine,“ said Aavegotchi.

Unfortunately, the immutability of many transactions with crypto currencies makes occasional errors like this inevitable if users are not careful. In May, Cointelegraph reported that an Bitcoin Legacy user claimed to have lost 40 ETH (USD 25,000 by the time this newsroom closed) as a result of a single erroneous alphanumeric character entered in the address of the receiving wallet.