08/13/2011

SWAT teams responding to 'swatting' hoaxes

Swatters often are males in their 20s and 30s who fake hostage situations for 'bragging rights'

U.P.I.

DALLAS — Police in the United States and Canada have been sending out SWAT teams in response to prank phone calls about fake hostage situations, officials say.

The practice, called "swatting," has been increasing in both countries in recent months, ABC News reports.

A swatter or group of swatters is often behind multiple incidents, and copycatting is common, said Kevin Kolbye, the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Dallas office, which headed the first federal swatting case in 2007.

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