How to lose $8k worth of bitcoin in 15 minutes with Verizon and

Cody Brown
9 min readMay 31, 2017

It begins with a text message from Verizon

11:31 PM

Oh boy. Within seconds, I call the number and get this.

“Hello, welcome to Verizon. Our offices are now closed. Our hours are between 8 and 11pm on the weekdays...”

I call again and repeatedly tap zero to try and get an operator. No dice. A minute later I get a duplicate text message.

I screenshot and tweet to Verizon Support.

Incredibly anxious minutes go by as I attempt to reach Verizon. I google “Verizon fraud prevention line” searching for a number to call and get nothing.


11:37 PM

11:38 PM

11:40 PM

11:41 PM — Gmail signs out.



Cody Brown

working on something new. trying to make the internet more sane and cinematic. previously, co-founder of @scrollkit (acquired by WordPress).