Prank calling – we’ve all been there and done that. Whether the subject of this prank was a grumpy neighbor or a high-school colleague, phone pranks are some of the oldest tricks in the book. However, some phone pranks are cool and funny, while others can be potentially dangerous. It’s one thing to call a friend and pretend that you’re his crush and trick him into coming to a bogus meeting, and it’s an entirely different thing to prank-call the emergency center.
Obviously, the main reason why prank calling the emergency center is not cool at all is that someone out there might be in real danger and your call might distract the authorities from responding to a real emergency.
Now, according to the authorities, a dangerous new phone prank is spreading like wildfire among Internet users. Named the Siri 108 prank, it appears that this jest is becoming increasingly popular among those who own an iPhone and spend far too much time on Facebook.
So, how does this work? Well, if you are an iPhone owner, you probably know by now that Siri has a built-in feature named the 5-sec emergency call. Basically, you say something like “911” or “call for help, ” and in just five seconds Siri will put you in touch with an emergency operator.
Now, each time someone tells Siri ‘108’, the virtual assistant will automatically initiate the 5-sec emergency call. Why is that? Well, it appears that 108 is the emergency number in India. However, Apple decided to globalize Siri’s voice command in order to cover all emergency hotlines. This means that no matter where you’re from, if you tell Siri 108, it will automatically dial the local emergency number.
Well, it would appear that not many iPhone owners know about this little thingamabob, and end up telling Siri 108, just to see what happens. And lo and behold, after just five seconds, they end up talking to a 911 operator, asking them about the nature of their emergency.
Sergeant Adrian Page of the Lonoke Police Department declared that the number of 911 prank callers had increased ever since people found out about the ‘cool’ 108 Siri prank. Needless to say, neither the police sergeant nor his colleagues are amused by this new trend. In fact, Page said that prank calling 911 is considered illegal and dangerous since it diverts life-saving resources.
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