Pranksters have been urging iPhone users to say 108 to Siri.
108 is equivalent to 999 in India, so the voice-controlled personal assistant recognizes it as an emergency call and puts you through to services in your area.
Pranks are usually pretty harmless, but in this case you’d be wasting time and resources for the emergency services. Which is not so smart.
Anyone caught wasting the emergency services’ time could get into trouble.
All iPhone users tell Siri 108. You’re welcome.
— Bryson Splonski (@brysonsplonski) March 17, 2017
If You Have A iPhone Just Tell SIRI 108 You’ll Thanks Me Later ♥️♥️♥️💯💯💯
— 👑KIING DAVEON👑 (@KiingDaveon) March 15, 2017
Others went even further and suggested you “close your eyes for five seconds”.
That’s because Siri gives you that long to change your mind so if you can’t see, you’re connected before you realise.
Some users are trying to stop it happening too.
IPHONE USERS Whatever you do don’t say the number “108” to Siri unless you really need it #fb
— Eric Simmons (@esimmonsmusic) March 13, 2017
The emergency services often release details of time-wasting calls they receive in a bid to urge people to think twice before calling 999.
They’re already thinly stretched.
In England and Wales a person who uses a public electronic communications network in order to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety, may also be issued with a fixed penalty notice for disorder of £80.
So, instead of causing trouble there are plenty of fun things you can ask Siri without taking up emergency services’ valuable time.
Why not try: “What is zero divided by zero?”
Siri answers: “Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends. How many cookies does each person get? See? It doesn’t make sense. And Cookie Monster is sad that there are no cookies, and you are sad that you have no friends.”
This article originally appeared on bbc.co.uk.