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Swatting: The cyber version of pulling a false alarm

About 60 emergency responders descended on a quiet street only to find that the call was a hoax


By Mari A. Schaefer
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia — It's called "swatting," the cyber version of pulling a false alarm, and a Delaware County family was its latest victim.

On Wednesday night, a dire call routed from Utah came in to the county 911 center: A man living in the 100 block of Cascade Road in Springfield had just shot his children, had barricaded himself in the house, and was threatening to kill his wife.

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