VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Deputies in Volusia County said they have received multiple fake “swatting” calls in the last week.
Swatting might be similar to the prank calls you might have made as a child but the difference is this prank call can put people’s life at risk, according to authorities.
Swatting happens when a person calls 911, creates a fake threatening scenario and sends the authorities and response team to another person’s address.
The result? Local police or SWAT teams show up in a show of force to a call that usually ends up being a hoax.
According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, a fake swatting call was made around 10 p.m. Wednesday night. The call marked the second swatting attempt in under a week.
“The caller claimed to be a 14-year-old who shot his mother in their home on Alexander Avenue,” deputies said.
When deputies arrived and made contact with the residents, they determined the call was a fake.
What some people consider a prank has become a very dangerous joke.
One man was even killed by police in his Kansas home after becoming the victim of a swatting prank in December 2017.
No one is off-limits for the dangerous stunt. Swatting found its way into the public eye after celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian fell victim to similar swatting attacks.
FYI @CityofDeltona: Around 10 last night, deputies responded to another fake "swatting" call, the 2nd since Friday. The caller claimed to be a 14-year-old who shot his mother in their home on Alexander Ave. Deputies made contact w/ the residents & determined the call was a fake.— Volusia Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) February 4, 2021