A new kind of telephone fraud puts victims at risk of SWAT team invasion.
WiredPRNews.com – A new kind of telephone fraud is putting individuals across the country on edge. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), several incidents of “swatting,” or deceiving 911 operating systems into believing a false crime is occurring, which typically sends SWAT teams to respond the homes of unsuspecting victims, have been reported recently with victims being subjected to undue intimidating treatment from law enforcement.
As described in the AP report, during one “swatting” act by an 18 year old who manipulated an Internet telephone service in order to trick 911 operators into believing a fake murder had taken place, a SWAT team was summoned to the residence of a man, his wife, and infant children, who were awakened from their sleep by commotion they believed was a robbery attempt. The husband and wife were handcuffed and forced to the ground as a result, before the teenager’s rouse was discovered. The 18 year old had randomly chosen the victim’s residence for the scam.
Authorities are currently working on legal as well as technologically based means of combating this type of crime, which is becoming a growing issue in places throughout the country.