Telemarketer unleashes 'swatting' prank on unsuspecting Arizona woman

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Arizona woman told a telemarketer to get lost and then he called the police on her as part of a 'swatting' prank. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Arizona woman told a telemarketer to get lost and then he called the police on her as part of a 'swatting' prank. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The woman was being harassed by a telemarketer. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The woman was being harassed by a telemarketer. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
YAVAPAI COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Over the last few years, a new word has joined our vocabulary and it's "swatting."

The definition is the action or practice of making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address.

An unsuspecting Arizona woman found out that term in late February when she became a victim of the act. Instead of some teens or neighbors wanting have a good laugh, it was a telemarketer who made the call. That's right, a telemarketer 'swatted' an elderly woman.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office received a call from a man claiming there was a home invasion at his home. The caller said three or four people with bats and wearing ski masks were trying to break in. The caller also said he was now hiding in his bathroom. Naturally, the sheriff's office responded with several units but upon arrival, they found only a woman at the home.

It turns out the woman was being harassed by the telemarketer and it got so bad that she finally told the guy to "eat (expletive) and die."  

Well, apparently he took it to heart and that's when he called YCSO. Investigators are continuing to try to track down where the call came from.  

However, the suspect used software that changes the originating number to the number chosen by the caller. Police call this ID "spoofing."

Police say it's always good to hang up immediately if you think a telemarketer is calling and block the number.

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