False 911 Calls?

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Jul 5, 2010
 
I was just wondering if anyone else has had this out of the ordinary situation? Sometime last week someone I know recieved a call from the Iosco City Clerk stating they recieved a 911 call from their phone. No call was made and within minutes a police officer was at their doore to verify it. just tonight, the same thing happened to me. I recieved a call from the Iosco city clerk, stating that a 911 call was made from my number, and I explained that no one here made the call. Within minutes there was a police officer at my door, to check on the call. I was a little upset over the ordeal, because Im thinking that false calls to 911 are illegal.

Has this happened to anyone else in town. Does anyone know with whom to contact to correct this? Its disturbing to me, because someone out there could be needing help and not getting it.
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Jul 6, 2010
 
Shirley,

There is technology that has been around for years that allows someone to spoof your phone number.

Typically that has been used for fraudulent long distance phone calls (check your bill carefully) but if this is what is being used and you do not have any unknown phone charges, this is probably pranksters (likely kids).

It is illegal to make false 911 calls and that is why the Police officer was dispatched to check.

It also could be a faulty tracing facility at 911 but I doubt that.

This is serious and hopefully the 911 folks have other available technology at their disposal to physically track the call.

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Jul 6, 2010
 
chiliman wrote:
Shirley,
There is technology that has been around for years that allows someone to spoof your phone number.
Typically that has been used for fraudulent long distance phone calls (check your bill carefully) but if this is what is being used and you do not have any unknown phone charges, this is probably pranksters (likely kids).
It is illegal to make false 911 calls and that is why the Police officer was dispatched to check.
It also could be a faulty tracing facility at 911 but I doubt that.
This is serious and hopefully the 911 folks have other available technology at their disposal to physically track the call.
I surely hope so. I haven't noticed any out of the ordinary calls attached to my phone bill, but I will keep tabs on it in the future to make sure. Myself and another lady has had it happen, in the past week, but hopefully won't happen again. I certainly do not want to be known as a 911 prankster. I can't imagine who would be doing this, and hopefully if it happens to enough people, the Iosco City offices will put a quick stop to it. Hopefully, whoever it is, will get a hefty fine and possible jail time. I am thinking of putting a tracer on my phone, but I don't know if it would work under this type of circumstance. Thank you for your info chiliman.
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Sep 15, 2010
 
chiliman wrote:
Shirley,
There is technology that has been around for years that allows someone to spoof your phone number.
Typically that has been used for fraudulent long distance phone calls (check your bill carefully) but if this is what is being used and you do not have any unknown phone charges, this is probably pranksters (likely kids).
It is illegal to make false 911 calls and that is why the Police officer was dispatched to check.
It also could be a faulty tracing facility at 911 but I doubt that.
This is serious and hopefully the 911 folks have other available technology at their disposal to physically track the call.
Same thing happened to me today, though I have not call from my phone (confirmed by service provider). This quite weird.
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Apr 27, 2011
 
I am a 911 dispatcher and yes we do those things. We have more accidental calls on 9-1-1 than anyone could imagine. Depending on the department and their policy they might automatically dispatch officers. Our department calls the number back first. If we suspect anything other than an accident we send or if no one answers we send. We cannot seee thru the phone and we respond to everything. It is not unusual for us to send on those. Some people call and hang up because they are afraid to talk. You should feel lucky the department cares enough to check on you instead of getting upset.
From many years of doing this job, I also know that if you have a cordless phone and you have not changed the battery in it, it (for some reason) dials 911 when the battery is old. Might want to try changing that.
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May 6, 2013
 
false 911 call can be bad and you can go to prison or pay thousand dollar fee for a fake call you have make

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