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FBI investigates hoax that sent SWAT team to home

'Call Of Duty' Loser Calls SWAT Team On Opponent

If you can't beat 'em, call in the SWAT team?

"The SWAT team's responding to a call from a teenager saying he just killed his mom. When police arrived, the only guns around 17-year-old Rafael Castillo were of the video game variety."

And WABC reports the video game was Call of Duty. According to the outlet, Castillo of Long Beach, New York was playing the video game when an opponent he'd beaten called in the SWAT team.

Police say the vengeful player uncovered Castillo's address by tracking his IP and placing the fake call, according to New York Post.

Unbelievable, right? Well, apparently not. The Long Beach police commissioner told WCBS this kind of prank call is becoming "a nationwide epidemic."

"In this ... bizarre world of Swatting, you get points for the helicopter, for the police cars, for the SWAT team, for the type of entry. It's very sophisticated. Unfortunately, it's very dangerous."

A writer for LIHerald.com says after the SWAT team charged the home, it didn't take long for the officers to realize it was a hoax. Castillo's mom told police "My kid's home, my kid's on the computer. He don't know what happened."

Despite the emergency response, Newsday reports officials were skeptical because the caller used Skype to phone in the false claims, and didn't use the tracking-enabled 911 number, instead calling the department directly.

If authorities are able to track down the prankster, he or she could end up paying $100,000 for the emergency response.

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Buseye April 24 2014 at 10:30 PM

This is one of many reasons why I don't play Multiplayer,MMO or online games,I find it much better to play single-player games just by myself.

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Sandy April 24 2014 at 2:21 PM

If authorities are able to track down the prankster.........? Couldn't they track the prankster down the same way that the prankster got the address of the other player?

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ChingOW Mango April 24 2014 at 11:20 AM

Hope they find the prankster and fine him/her the $100,000 - maybe a little savings for the taxpayers! Maybe adding some prison time would up the ante enough to help deter this kind of behavior!

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ljbraaten April 24 2014 at 11:09 AM

And nationwide publicity is going to help the problem, how?

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jxn55 April 24 2014 at 11:07 AM

Law Enforcement means business when they respond to these, and have no idea what they are walking into. This could have turned tragic, and thru no fault of Police. Has technology advanced to the point of baffling Police ? These games are bad news, and blame parents. They should be aware of what there kids are doing, and the tragic consequences these games can wrought !!!

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erinjanespca jxn55 April 24 2014 at 12:32 PM

Games aren't bad news, parents ignoring the M rating are bad news.

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wc98 erinjanespca April 24 2014 at 6:51 PM

the M rating is for 17+ years. since Rafael Castillo is 17, he could have purchased it himself. even if his parents did purchase it, he was of proper age by the rating system.

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garykuz April 24 2014 at 10:50 AM

Please! Track him down. If not you have lost the game feds. The kids are getting smarter than you are.

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fullyscottish40 April 24 2014 at 10:50 AM

"..he dont know.." ?? did you ax him dat?

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msnikki73 April 24 2014 at 10:32 AM

It should cost them jail time as well. This is very dangerous, having swat teams called into unknown situations where one wrong move could cost an innocent person their life.

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turqea.blue April 24 2014 at 10:23 AM

Just what are people thinking that this for their own amusement!Make them pay every red cent!

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zidzag1973 April 24 2014 at 12:51 PM

No S@%t! What accountant came up with the $100,000 figure. He must be laundering money for a drug cartel.

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