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Stars Falling Victim to ‘Swatting’ Phone Prank

iStockphoto(LOS ANGELES) -- Justin Timberlake is the latest victim of a phone prank known as “swatting,” where pranksters send police to star’s homes to respond to a phony crime.

“Swatting is typically done through spoofing and spoofing is where you change the telephone number,” Former FBI special agent and ABC News Consultant Brad Garrett explained. Callers falsely report an incident in order to trick the authorities into dispatching an emergency response.

The unidentified caller reported that four men were breaking into the pop star’s home.

Justin Timberlake, Selena Gomez and Rihanna were all targets of "swatting" hoaxes this week. They join Justin Bieber, Clint Eastwood and numerous non-celebrities as victims of the prank.

There are an estimated four hundred incidents of swatting across the country and they cost police an average of ten thousand dollars each time.

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Report: Russell Brand Will Be Charged in Phone Tossing Incident

Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Law enforcement sources tell Russell Brand will be charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property for tossing a photographer’s iPhone through a window in New Orleans this past March.

Brand allegedly grabbed the phone on March 12 and through it through the window of a nearby building.

The actor turned himself into police three days later and explained his actions on Twitter, writing, “Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iphone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory.”

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Callin’ Oates: Your Emergency Hall and Oates Hotline

Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Thinkstoc(NEW YORK) -- Are you feeling lonely? Do you need some smooth, late 1970s -- early 1980s jams to get you through these increasingly frigid autumn nights? Well look no further than the freshly launched Callin’ Oates hotline.

Just pick up the phone and dial 719-26-OATES, that’s 719-266-2837 -- “your emergency Hall and Oates hotline.” You’ll then be able to select one of four classic tracks from the famous Philly soul duo Hall and Oates. Your choice of their treasured “rock and soul” smash hits are as follows:

1 -- One on One

2 -- Rich Girl

3 -- Maneater

4 -- Private Eyes

The line, which was set up by Twilio Cloud Communications Michael Selvidge, gained popularity across the web with a single re-tweet from New York Times tech reporter Jenna Wortham.

Be sure to call right away -- who knows how long what may be the last great meme of 2011 will last?

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