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Sore Loser Wrongly Claims His Video Game Opponent Killed Sister, Mother at Long Island Home

Steve Neavling

Not everyone responds well to losing.

The FBI is searching for one sore loser who apparently was so upset when he lost in an online video game that he called authorities, pretending to be the teen who beat him in Call of Duty. The prank caller told police Tuesday that he was 18-year-old Rafael Castillo and that he had just killed his mother and brother, the New York Post reports.

The call prompted more than 70 heavily armed officers, along with ambulances and hostage negotiators, to swarm the innocent teen’s Long Island house.

When they arrived, the teen’s mother and sister were fine.

“I thought there was a fire at my house. I ran up and saw my mom running out. I didn’t know what was going on,” the brother, Jose, 21, told the Post.

Now the FBI is trying to figure out who made the call.

FBI Warns of Phone Hackers Calling 911 to Draw SWAT Teams to Homes

Steve Neavling 

The FBI is warning local law enforcement about a hoax called “swatting.”

Using technology to hack a phone, prank callers are pretending to be shooters or victims of a shooting to draw SWAT teams to a house of unsuspecting people.

“The FBI looks at these crimes as a public safety issue,” said Kevin Kolbye, an assistant special agent in charge in our Dallas Division. “It’s only a matter of time before somebody gets seriously injured as a result of one of these incidents.”

The FBI cited close calls, including one in which a police offer was injured in a car crash while responding to a “swatting” incident. Some unsuspecting victims even suffered mild heart attacks, according to the FBI.

The emergency responders “believe they have a violent subject to apprehend or an innocent victim to rescue,” Kolbye said. “It’s a dangerous situation any way you look at it.”

The FBI has made some “swatting” arrests, including of 18-year-old Matthew Weigman.