An iPhone Siri prank is causing headaches for police across the country, prompting warnings.
The new Siri prank, that has gone viral on Twitter and Facebook, encourage users to say “108” to Siri, Apple’s virtual personal assistant. Instead of hearing a joke, the user’s iPhone will make an emergency call to 9-1-1.
But it’s a prank, and what happens next isn’t funny, law enforcement officials say.
After hearing “108,” Siri will begin a countdown: “Calling emergency services in five seconds.”
This happens because “108” is India’s equivalent to the United States’ 911, according to CNET. Apple made it easy for people to call for help from anywhere in the world by equipping Siri to recognize any country’s emergency number, CNET explains.
“You could ask Siri to call 9-1-1 if you’re visiting the UK, and it would dial … 999.”
The prank can potentially tie up emergency lines and delay legitimate 911 calls according to law enforcement authorities.