You may have read about "swatting" pranks on celebrities and how they could potentially lead to death and serious injury. As a result, you may be wondering how to protect yourself if you are ever a victim of swatting.
If you haven't heard, celebrity swatting is the latest prank sweeping Hollywood. People like Simon Cowell, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher have all fallen victim to this hoax. (Police arrested Bieber and Kutcher's alleged "swatter" last week, E! News reports.)
But what distinguishes swatting from other pranks is the potential for danger. After all, the prank involves an anonymous caller reporting an ongoing crime at someone's house, triggering an armed response by the local SWAT team. One wrong move, and an innocent person may be killed.
As swatting has made headlines for the Hollywood attacks, the pranks are being copied in suburbia. Here are four tips to keep in mind if you ever fall victim to a swatting prank:
Swatting is a particularly dangerous prank. If you find that a SWAT team is outside your home, remember these tips and stay safe.