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Anderson Cooper swatted in latest 911 hoax

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   May 7, 2013 at 9:14 PM   |   Comments

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May 7 (UPI) -- In the first celebrity swatting incident outside Los Angeles, The New York Post reported Tuesday that police rushed to Anderson Cooper's Hamptons home last month after a false report about a shooter.

The 45-year-old CNN anchor wasn't home when cops arrived at his Southampton Town house to find nothing amiss, even though a caller said a man had just shot his wife there.

Justin Timberlake, Ryan Seacrest, Rihanna, Tom Cruise and a host of other celebrities have all been "swatted," in which 911 callers report fake emergencies to prompt SWAT teams and other first responders to arrive at people's homes.

The Los Angles Police announced last month that they would no longer issue press releases about "swatting" incidents at celebrity homes, so as not to encourage copycat perpetrators.

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