WHAT IS

SWATTING?
A hoaxer calls in a fake emergency to law enforcement as a way to harass a celebrity or exact revenge on an enemy. The name comes from police SWAT teams, which often respond to the bogus calls. Law enforcement officials say the prank is particularly popular among the online gaming community. Gamers interact in chat rooms from anywhere in the world, making those who place swatting calls hard to identify and catch. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law last year that requires the person making the swatting call, or their parents, to reimburse law enforcement agencies that respond.

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