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Actress/singer Selena Gomez and her mother were left stunned when police swarmed their Los Angeles home on Friday in response to an apparent prank call.

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The "Spring Breakers" star became the latest victim of a "swatting" hoax, in which callers phone 911 dispatchers to elicit an urgent response from authorities.

According to, Gomez's "swatter" told emergency services the star's father had killed her mother with a gun before threatening to burn the house down, but the 20-year-old and her mother Mandy Teefey were unaware of the fake crime and "had no idea" why cops arrived at their door.

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The scare came just two hours after officers rushed to Justin Timberlake's home to investigate a 911 call.

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Gomez's ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber, as well as Paris Hilton, Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood and Ashton Kutcher are among the stars who have fallen victim to "swatting" in recent months.