Swatting: Elaborate Hoax Enlists Swat Teams in Littleton, Colorado

Dangerous pranks are on the rise, putting public safety at risk and frustrating law enforcement.
1:48 | 08/28/14

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Transcript for Swatting: Elaborate Hoax Enlists Swat Teams in Littleton, Colorado
Next tonight, the elaborate hoax that had a S.W.A.T. Team storming an office complex in Colorado, these potentially deadly pranks are apparently on the rise. Here's ABC's Clayton Sandell. Reporter: Tonight, U.S. Secret service agents have joined the hunt for whoever triggered this -- Get your hands up! Reporter: A police S.W.A.T. Team bursting into the Littleton, Colorado, office where Jordon Matthewson was playing a game with other players watching. The caller stated that he had just shot multiple people. Reporter: But police say the 911 call was a hoax. It's called s.w.a.t.'ing. Someone using software to disguise phone Numbers, identity and location, triggering S.W.A.T. Teams that swarm in on innocent people. First it was Hollywood. Justin Bieber, Ryan Seacrest and Miley Cyrus have been victims. But s.w.a.t.'ing is spreading. Seatlle in June -- I shot my dad with a licensed ar-15! Reporter: A few days ago near Orlando -- I shot my mom! Reporter: Now he says a new trend is for players online in video games - - I think we're getting They really like the anonymity of being online and being able to get away with stuff and they like to test that sometimes. Reporter: The FBI estimates in are roughly 400 s.w.a.t.'ing calls every year. It is a situation that's causing departments who are already strapped financially to spend thousands of dollars every time they have one of these swat call-outs. Reporter: The consequences serious. One fating five years behind bars. Investigators warning that what starts as a prank could send you to prison. Up next -- panda scam. What this adornl panda,

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