PORTLAND — “Swatting” is when someone phones in a fake threat to draw a real police response and many times, a huge one.
Celebrities were the first to be targeted, but now everyday people are getting the scare of their lives. There have been similar hoaxes across the country.
It was real for an elderly Northwest Portland couple who awoke Tuesday morning to police with guns drawn surrounding their home on Skyline Boulevard. All was well, but officers weren’t taking any chances until they saw it with their own eyes.
“Somebody had faked a call in to 9-1-1 using an Internet IP,” said Lieutenant Steve Alexander of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s office.
Somebody hacked a server to make the call appear that it was coming from the home. They threatened that somebody was going to get hurt and they wanted to kill police.
Those responsible face serious charges. It wasted a lot of resources.
In April, police swarmed a Vancouver mother’s home after someone in her son’s online gaming community reported a threat.