Police Searched the Twitch Streamer’s Grandparents After the Fly swatter Got the Wrong Address

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In another horrific incident with broadcaster Twitch, police searched the home of an elderly couple as the prankster got the address of the streamer’s grandparents instead of her own.

Swatting is an illegal and very dangerous act of submitting a false report to the police that a serious crime has occurred or is being committed at the address, in the hope of provoking an armed response on the spot.

It is often aimed at streamers because trolls tend to capture the moment during the broadcast. However, in the past, swatting has had deadly consequences and could lead to a lengthy prison sentence.

On January 17, the house of Supkeitlin’s grandparents was trashed after it turned out that the caller of the prank thought that it was here that the streamer lived.

The Streamer’s grandparents were slammed

Supkeitlin, member of Gen.G and a Twitch streamer with over 300,000 followers, explained the situation on Twitter.

“My grandparents’ house was smashed up last night because the person who hit me thought I lived there,” she said.

“Fortunately, my grandparents are fine, but they are old and don’t speak English very well, so they are very scared and confused.

“The Internet is a very scary place,” Caitlin concluded.

Swatting has been alarmingly common, especially for content creators, for more than a decade.

In 2022, there were several interceptions of famous streamers, including Adin Ross and iShowSpeed.

xQc, the most viewed streamer on Twitch, said that he was being harassed almost daily, and so eventually he had to move.

Although content creators can often negotiate with the police to counter prank calls, in this case a fake message to another address will never be detected.

The most infamous swatting incident that led to the death of an innocent father led to the perpetrator being jailed for 20 years.

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