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Texas family didn’t believe phone scam — so the scammer called in a fake 911 report on their house

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Fifteen police squad cars poured into the neighborhood of one Arlington, Texas family after a hoax call of a man with a gun came into 911. Police drew their weapons and demanded everyone in the house come out with their hands up. Luckily, no one was killed, but given past incidents of police shootings, the story could have ended a different way.

Police ultimately discovered the call to 911 came from a masked phone number, and the family thinks it was a fake IRS scammer that had called earlier, the Dallas Morning News reported.

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A 1-800 number had called them impersonating an IRS employee demanded $5,000. The family didn’t believe it and refused to pay, but the scammer threatened to send police to the home if they didn’t cough up the cash. Like most people who have been called by scammers, they hung up and thought that was the end of the story.

Police call the tactic used by the hoax caller “swatting,” where a major incident is called into police and a SWAT team is dispatched. No SWAT members were involved this time, but the report was of a man with a gun, who refused to put it down.

“Luckily, no one was injured during this incident but it was very traumatic for those involved,” police Lt. Christopher Cook said in a statement. He noted there have been incidents of people who were shot during such false “swatting” calls.

“In the event they had refused to come out of the house, it’s possible we would have had to force entry which would add more danger to everyone involved,” he said.

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Investigators are currently searching for the person who made both the scam call and the “swatting” call. Police, meanwhile, are urging people not to engage with scammers at all and to simply hang up.


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Trump makes UN audience wait while he tweets attacks on whistleblower: ‘Is he on our country’s side?’

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President Donald Trump on Monday resumed his attacks on a government whistleblower who reported the president's phone call in which he pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

Even though the president was supposed to be addressing the United Nations on Monday morning, he nonetheless found time to rage tweet about the latest scandal that has engulfed his administration.

"Who is this so-called 'whistleblower' who doesn’t know the correct facts," the president wrote. "Is he on our Country’s side. Where does he come from."

....know the correct facts. Is he on our Country’s side. Where does he come from. Is this all about Schiff & the Democrats again after years of being wrong?

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Explosive report shows how foreign entities are bombarding US servicemembers with pro-Trump propaganda

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Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter played a critical role in helping Russia-affiliated trolls disseminate propaganda to divide and manipulate voters in the 2016 presidential election.

But it hasn't stopped. A new report from the Vietnam Veterans Association has uncovered an ongoing two-year effort by actors in several foreign countries, including Russia, to target U.S. veterans and servicemembers.

The report shows that "These foreign admins have created individual social-media accounts that purport to belong to American veterans working at reputable veterans organizations," and use the accounts both to "send friend requests to the relatively small community of veteran advocates and connect with its prominent members who work to shape federal policy" and "spread propaganda and false news, while shaping and moderating/censoring the conversations of the unsuspecting community of American veterans who follow or join these groups and pages."

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Black girl ‘racially profiled by a mall cop’ just one year after her mother was reported to police for canvassing

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Three teenage girls in Oregon were accused of loitering by a mall security guard after they were turned away from rated-R movie and checked their phones to come up with an alternate plan for their evening.

Christine Bynum and two friends had gone to see a movie Friday at the Clackamas Town Center but were unable to get in after one of the girls forgot to bring her ID, so they went outside and sat in their car eating candy and looking at homecoming dresses on their phones before deciding what to do next, reported the Washington Post.

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