You are sitting at home enjoying a quiet afternoon when you hear a knock on your door. Strangely. You do not expect anyone, but maybe it's a neighbor or a pack you've been waiting for from Amazon.
But when you open the door, a group of special service officers, equipped with specialized appliances, are bustling home and commanding you to get on the ground. They go to a room, shout commands, and train their rifles on anyone they encounter.
You've just been broken.
But she reached a new level of prominence when the 28-year-old Andrew Finch was inadvertently killed by the police at his home in Kansas, the victim of a noisy joke in December 201
Here's what you need to know about swatting.
Police Thought There Was a Torture
At the most basic level, swatting is similar to joking calls that you and your friends may have made grooming.
The difference is that substitution is a joke appeal to the authorities with the express purpose of luring them to the place – usually in a home – where they are convinced that a terrible crime has been committed or is under way.
This leads to a strong response from local police or SWAT teams who have no way of knowing that the call is a scam.
The perpetrator may be according to the FBI, either as an act of revenge. The callers sometimes use "lure" technology to make it look as though the call comes from the victim's home or at least nearby.
Barris, who was in California, made the conversation that led to Finch's death after contacting another gamer who asked him to blur the player he spoke with while playing Call of Duty.
The gamer gave Barris the address the player once lived on, but it was Finch's home.
Barris called Wichita's authorities, claiming he was inside Wichita's home. According to the 911 cartridge, Barris told the operator that he had just shot his father and held his family hostage in a gun, adding, "I've already poured gasoline all over the house.
The police arrived and when Finch opened the door, an officer released his gun by killing him.
There are no national statistics on how much FBI claims incidents, but from 2013 a special FBI agent assumes that there are hundreds.
The defendants were faced with federal charges before, said CNN's legal analyst Paul Callein during Finch's death.
While some jokes could think of harmless things, the FBI insisted in 2013 that it had "real consequences." Not only is it potentially life-threatening, as evidenced by Finch's murder, it's expensive
"It can cost thousands of dollars every time a SWAT team is summoned," the FBI said.
Rann Ellis, Steve Almassy and Melissa Alonso contributed to this report.