Dangerous trend of ‘Swatting:’ What local victims and law enforcement are doing

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Swatting: You may be hearing about it more and more.

It's when someone places a fake emergency call that's almost impossible to trace.  The call can be made over the phone, the Internet or even a mobile app. Caller ID-spoofing technology is used that makes it seem like the call is coming from inside the home.

The call is so frantic, it brings out dozens of police, the SWAT team, even the bomb squad.

But police are afraid one day the hoax could turn deadly.

WGN’s Marcella Raymond talks with local victims on how the disturbing trend impacted their lives and law enforcement about the steps they are taking to prepare and prevent it.

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4 comments

  • Bill

    Great report, except one little detail that was left out. Anti gun zealots have been swatting people legally carrying firearms. They call police saying they are threatened by a man with a gun. They are hoping that the person swatted may panic, make a sudden move and be killed. These anti gunners are hoping the threat of being killed by police will be enough to make people stop carrying.

  • Nicky

    Hey Bill, nice reply! People like you always take a story and blame it on someone else or make some other stupid statements having nothing to do with the story. I hope you fall in poo on your way to work tomorrow!