New prank that uses Siri could end up with you in jail

A dangerous new iPhone prank has been circulating online here's why you need to avoid

In tweets and Facebook posts, people are encouraged to say "108" to Siri, Apple's virtual personal assistant, to hear a joke or to "see the magic".

A potentially life-saving iPhone feature is part of a social media prank that has police cautioning smartphone users.

People using an iPhone or an iPad are being warned against saying 108 to Siri.

The unnecessary calls tie up lines and prevent real emergency calls from being answered, putting lives in danger.

The Sheriff's Office's Division of 9-1-1 Emergency Communications has become aware of a prank which has been spreading throughout the country in recent days.

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KTLA reports that after saying "108" there is a 5-second countdown before 911 is called. Other Twitter users, who were aware of the timer, tried being sneakier with their pranks.

For example, you could ask Siri to call 911 if you're visiting the United Kingdom, and it would dial 999 for local assistance. And within five seconds, the person will be transferred to 911.

Not only is it harmful, but placing prank 911 calls can also be considered a crime, they wrote.

The Lonoke Police Department in Arkansas want iPhone users to know the harm they could be causing.

O'Dell said this is because the iPhone is programmed to recognize 911 ad other equivalent emergency numbers that are used in other countries.

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