Authorities warn "Siri 108" prank could have deadly consequences

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Published: Mar. 26, 2017 at 2:59 PM CDT
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Authorities are warning iPhone users not try the "Siri 108" prank.

The prank has been circulating throughout different social media platforms.

It claims when iPhone users say "Hey Siri, 108" they will hear Siri tell a joke.

However, what happens next is no laughing matter.

Siri will redirect the command and dial 911 within five seconds.

108 is the emergency service number used in India, and the iPhone recognizes emergency numbers from around the world.

Timothy Rhudy is the manager at the Emergency Communications Center for the Waco Police Department.

He said calling 911 when there is not an emergency not only ties up the phone lines for dispatchers, but can also have life threatening consequences.

"There are people that really need those emergency services and could die potentially because of not getting that immediate assistance," said Rhudy.

McLennan County 911 Executive Director Jesse Harrison said: "We would like to remind the public to call 9-1-1 only for emergencies requiring immediate police, fire, or medical assistance. Fraudulent and prank calls to 911 are against the law and violators may be prosecuted. Also, non-emergency calls to 911 to verify it is working and other general inquires can tie up valuable resources."