You might have seen some people on social media recently encouraging others to say "Hey Siri, 108" into their iPhones. Don't do it.
Law enforcement agencies are urging users not to fall for the viral prank. Turns out, 108 is India's equivalent to 9-1-1. If you say that number to Siri, the voice-controlled personal assistant will think you're trying to make an emergency call, and will put you through to emergency services in your area.
The Harris Country Sherrif's Office in Texas this week took to Facebook to urge iPhone users to stop saying 108 to Siri. "The command, in fact, will instruct Siri to call emergency services, which could potentially tie up emergency lines," they wrote.
Meanwhile, the Denton, Texas police department has also issued a warning about this on Twitter, saying it's a "seemingly harmless prank, but one that could get you in a lot of trouble … or delay access to emergency services for someone in need."
The prank has been circulating on Twitter for around two weeks already. Users have been coaxing others to say 108 to Siri with all kinds of lies. Some say the virtual assistant has a funny response while others claim that Siri will get mad, yell at you, or tell you a story. One person even claimed that Siri will respond by singing "Baby" by Justin Bieber.
In reality, Siri waits five seconds then initiates an emergency call.
It's true that Siri sometimes has sassy and comical responses, but that's not the case in this situation. There's nothing funny about wasting emergency services' time.
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