There’s lots of email messages floating around out there – how we can make money or how we can save our life. Dio you have the 411 on the cell phone *112 email message that claims to save your life from an fake unmarked police car?
Know before you dial what’s true and what’s false.
Have you ever received this email message and wondered if it was true?
“Some knew about the red light on cars, but not the *112.
It was about 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon, and Lauren was driving to visit a friend. An UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put his lights on. Lauren’s parents have always told her never to pull over for an unmarked car on the side of the road, but rather to wait until they get to a gas station, etc.
Lauren had actually listened to her parents advice, and promptly called *112 on her cell phone to tell the police dispatcher that she would not pull over right away. She proceeded to tell the dispatcher that there was an unmarked police car with a flashing red light on his rooftop behind her.
The dispatcher checked to see if there were police cars where she was and there weren’t, and he told her to keep driving, remain calm and that he had back up already on the way.
Ten minutes later 4 cop cars surrounded her and the unmarked car behind her. One policeman went to her side and the others surrounded the car behind. They pulled the guy from the car and tackled him to the ground. The man was a convicted rapist and wanted for other crimes.
I never knew about the *112 Cell Phone Feature, but especially for a woman alone in a car, you should not pull over for an unmarked car. Apparently police have to respect your right to keep going to a safe place.
*Speaking to a service representative at ** Bell ** Mobility confirmed that *112 was a direct link to State trooper info.
So, now it’s your turn to let your friends know about *112.
You may want to Send this to every woman (and man) you know; it may save a life. This applies to ALL 50 states”
Before some maniac tries to pull you over in an unmarked car, or before you ignore an unmarked police officer there are a few things you should know about this email.
- This email is not true.
- Different variations of this email have used the names Lisa and Laura.
- There is no single emergency number in use worldwide. The number 112 is used in some European countries but not all. Some countries also use 119, 999, and 911.
- Not all countries would be able to support or institute a system for a single emergency code.
- Throughout most of Europe and a few countries outside of the EU, dialing 112 will connect users to local emergency services. However, the number won’t work in North America, or most of Asia and Africa.
- When talking to a police officer about this email, he asked “What is wrong with dialing 911?”
- There are some numbers you can call to contact dispatch instead of 911, but those numbers vary according to state and area. So instead of guessing it’s better to simply dial 911 to contact dispatch.
- It’s also smart to never pull over even for “unmarked” cars – here in Houston it’s hard because they do have them. If you are concerned about your situation, dial 911 (in the USA), talk to the dispatcher so she can tell the officer (if it is one) that is following you or requesting you pull over that you will be pulling over at the next lighted or populated area. Dispatch can also confirm to you if it really is an officer.
Does this email make some valid points? Sure, no one wants to be kidnapped or worse by a deranged psychopath.
But before you rely on an email message from a loving friend or family member to keep you safe, be sure to check the facts before you hit that forward button or dial a number on your cell phone.
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