Washington Man Indicted As Serial Swatter – eCrimeBytes Nibble #2

A man was recently indicted as a serial swatter:

According to the federal indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Ashton Connor Garcia, 20, made more than 20 “swatting” calls to law enforcement between June and September 2022.

Garcia targeted victims in California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

He gathered personal information about his victims and then threatened them with harm. In some cases, he demanded money, virtual currency, credit card information or sexually explicit photos from some people he threatened.

Garcia used voice-over internet technology to disguise his voice, and used false identities to make fake reports to non-emergency police numbers. He falsely claimed to have placed explosives in particular locations, as well as claim individuals committed crimes such as murder, rape and kidnapping.


We talked about swatting in eCrimeBytes S 1 Ep 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7!

You can also look at the swatting category at this blog for more info:


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