The Domino’s Pizza app has the ability for customers to leave a note. So users can leave messages to note food allergies, extra napkins, stuff like that. Well, someone decided to use the app to get a home swatted.
Swatting is where someone calls the police and claims that there is a hostage situation at an address. Since police have no way of verifying if these calls are real, they have no choice but to assume that someone is in danger, and typically they show up in full tactical gear, with guns drawn. It is a dangerous situation.
According to the FBI, “Swatting is the making of a hoax call to any emergency service to elicit an emergency response based on the false report of an ongoing critical incident. Incidents typically produce the deployment of SWAT units, bomb squads, and other police units, as well as the evacuations of schools, businesses and residences.”
In this case, no one was hurt. The people living in the house were apparently escorted out and interviewed, but none of them seemed to know what was going on. The police are now investigating the incident and believe that this could be a case of swatting. In the past, there have been some incidents of swatting where people have been killed.
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