If I accidentally send my NFT to the wrong wallet, what legal claim do I have to get it back?

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  • Germany
  • Denmark
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  • Brazil
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  • Nigeria


There are claims under the law of obligations and the law of property. While the claims
under the law of obligations such as the law of enrichment or tort law are directed only
against the thief, a claim may also exist against third parties under the law of property if they
are in bad faith.

Johannes Arndt

Crypto: Private Law


As it stands now, the missing legal status of NFTs in Danish law makes it so there would be no legal
basis for a claim, and therefore no legislative mechanism to be activated in order to attempt to get
the NFT back.

Eugen Faraj

Lawyer - IP, crypto, tax, finance, blockchain, commerce


There is no legally documented process for recovering an NFT sent to the wrong wallet.

Norman Gabula

Commercial Law


When you keep an NFT that was wrongfully sent to you and refuse to send it back
when the actual owner requests, you are violating a right and causing damage to a third party,
therefore committing an illicit act, pursuant to article 186 of the Brazilian Civil Code.
In this case, the owner can file an restitution action, but for this to be possible, it is
necessary to have several information about the person responsible.

Murilo Picchioni

NFTs, web3, Crypto


As a general principle, condictio indebiti applies.

Elvin Sababi

Regulatory and Compliance (including AML), NFT IP rights, Crypto taxation


This is rather daisy because of the other party’s right to possession, space and
privacy. However, an owner can have a bonafide claim of right as well as sue for
conversion. There are also the NFT platform policies and terms to explore.

Ifeanyi E. Okonkwo

Intellectual Property & Commercial Law

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