Do NOT Say This To "Siri"!

posted by Ted Garcia - 

Among Siri's various skills is one designed to save lives – but police are now warning of pranksters trying to trick people into activating it. Saying "Hey Siri, 108" will prompt Siri to contact emergency services. The number 108 is India's equivalent of 911 in the United States, but Siri will contact the local emergency dispatch based on the iPhone's location. 

Tweets like these prompted police departments across the country to warn about the prank in an effort to keep from further tying up the 911 operators people in crisis rely on. After hearing "108," Siri will start a five second countdown during which the call can be canceled. Others are trying to trick people into not looking at their phones until it is too late.

Have you heard of this prank? 

Ted Garcia

Ted Garcia

Ted Garcia is co-host of San Diego's Morning News on News Radio KOGO AM 600 in San Diego. Read more

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