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Published: Fri, March 24, 2017
Technology | By Tonya May

Police Warn Against iPhone '108' Prank Spreading on Social Media

Police Warn Against iPhone '108' Prank Spreading on Social Media

Roughly 240 million 911 calls are placed across the country - 70 percent of them from mobile devices, according to the National Emergency Number Association. Needless to say, police departments across the country are upset because the prank is tying up 911 from coast to coast. But local emergency dispatch centers would be notified if the phrase is spoken.

A social media post has been circulating telling iPhone users to ask Siri about the number "108" and wait for a specific period of time before doing anything else.

"All iPhone users, say 108 to Siri, and close your eyes for five seconds", wrote another.

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"This prank is already spreading among Annapolis teens and has the potential to dangerously tie up 911 phone systems preventing emergency calls from being answered quickly", the Annapolis Police Department in Maryland warned Tuesday on Facebook. For the emergency services number in India.

"Calling emergency services in five seconds", is what you'll hear from Siri if you call 108. The feature was most recently highlighted with the release of the Apple Watch, which includes the SOS function, allowing users to not only call emergency services, but also alert their emergency contacts.

"It can tie up lines based on your smaller agencies such as ours", said Sergeant Adrian Page with the Lonoke Police Department. Even if you believe you have terminated the call in time, your prank call may still ring into the 9-1-1 center.

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