SWAT teams responding to 'swatting' hoaxes

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


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.

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