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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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alspoolhall April 24 2014 at 1:29 PM

I know who I'd like the SWAT Team to "swat."

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cheynaz April 24 2014 at 9:57 AM

Why would you something like that?............

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missy3069 April 24 2014 at 4:45 PM

they can easily find where he lives the kid has to know his name if he was playing with him and then they can go from there

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opiumolivia April 24 2014 at 6:34 PM

Here's a thought the game is rated MA 17+ right if a seventeen year old is allowed to play such a violent video game and are playing games with the cops.... you would think that they would be normal charges pressed against him instead of bieng a minor. Obviously the kid know what he's doing and it's stupid. I really hope they catch that kid and strike some serious justice upon him.

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jeniferferreyra opiumolivia April 24 2014 at 6:42 PM

i agree, only correction i'd say is he "thinks" he knows what he is doing. He thinks he's all mature and smart using the that kind of a prank for vengeance, but i's like you said just him being stupid

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spldrtnbrt April 24 2014 at 10:14 AM

Why dos everyone blame the game when bad things happen. It is because this guy was a terrible person and was sick in the brain.

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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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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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fullyscottish40 April 24 2014 at 10:50 AM

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

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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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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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