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MIT hoaxster sent tip using special system

The tipster who sent an ­erroneous report to Cambridge ­police about a gunman in an MIT building used a message relay system designed for people with hearing or speech impedi­ments, police said Tuesday.

The Internet relay service ­allowed the tipster to send a written message to a Sprint phone service employee, who then called the police to relay the message, said Dan ­Riviello, spokesman for the ­Cambridge Police Department.

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