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Colonie boy targeted in ‘swatting’ prank

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COLONIE, N.Y. – A prank known as 'swatting,' which typically targets celebrities, has made its way to Colonie.

The goal of 'swatting' is to place a frightening 911 call that ends up in mobilizing a SWAT team to a specific location. The latest case happened in Colonie last week, and wasn't targeting a celebrity – but a 12-year-old.

When swatting, callers disguise themselves through Skype, or in this case, a relay call for the hearing impaired. They can make it seem as though the call is truly coming from a specific location in order to fool emergency responders.

Colonie Detectives say the caller claimed that his mother had shot his father and was holding the family hostage at an address in Colonie.

Police units, not SWAT, ended up heading to three different addresses all connected to the 12-year-old victim of this prank.

According to police, the alleged prankster is someone the victim met online while playing on his Xbox.

"We spoke to the 12-year-old and he believed he knew right away who was responsible for this, said Lt. Robert Winn of the Colonie Police Department. "He was on Xbox and had a cyber dispute with someone who was identified as 'Mio.'"

Lt. Winn says 'Mio' had done the same prank two weeks earlier to a 12-year-old boy in Florida.

Police do not know where 'Mio' is from. The victim said he sounds like he is French, or possibly has a German accent.

Winn says the FBI is now involved in the investigation.

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