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Police warn iPhone users about a unsafe new Siri prank

Police warn iPhone users about a unsafe new Siri prank

For example, you could ask Siri to call 911 if you're visiting the United Kingdom, and it would dial 999 for local assistance. "Don't let Siri get you into trouble". The number 108 is India's equivalent of 911 in the US, but Siri will contact the local emergency dispatch based on the cellphone's location. This starts a five-second countdown, after which the phone dials 911.

Now, each time someone tells Siri "108", the virtual assistant will automatically initiate the 5-sec emergency call.

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.

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

The prank works because 108 is the Indian equivalent of the 999 emergency number in the UK. Those numbers, used in other countries for emergencies, were tested by the 911 Communications Division, the Sheriff's Office said.

"The result is a joke, but it's not very fun", a police department in Wisconsin warned residents.

Officials say the prank is very unsafe and even criminal in some states.

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