“Somebody spoofed that number calling 911,” says the software consultant, referring to a canceled landline number still registered to him, “and what they told police on the 911 call was that they had just killed their mother and were about to kill their sister.”
Unfortunately for Myles, he happened to be wearing noise-canceling headphones when SWAT stopped by and couldn’t hear their calls to open up. “The first thing I heard was when they attempted to kick down the door,” he says. The police handcuffed him and searched his apartment only to discover that no crime had been committed.
After determining that they had played a part in someone’s twisted prank, the officers apologized to Myles and told him they would pay to have his busted-down door fixed.
This latest instance of swatting comes just days after a family in Langley, British Columbia, fell victim to swatting, which is becoming increasingly popular thanks to prevalence of VoIP phone services that let users select the number visible through caller ID.