False Facebook Post Confuses, Urges People to Call 112 over 911

In case of an emergency, dial 911. This is common sense for most Americans, but a viral Facebook campaign convinced some people to ditch what they thought they knew and dial different digits.

"112 is the European emergency number that folks here in the US have twisted that into the fact that if you dial 112 you get quicker, faster help," explained April Heinze, the assistant director of the Eaton County Central Dispatch.

The post has been shared over 15,000 times, and it urges people, especially women, to call 112 to connect directly with a state trooper. And that is just plain wrong.

"When they dial that number it is automatically rerouted to the appropriate number for the emergency location you are in, so it will call 911. There is no 112 in the US," said Heinze.

And if you dial 112 from a phone that is not connected to global provider, you may put yourself in danger.

"If you don't have one of those devices and you dial it, you're going to get a recording or something or it just won't go through. So it's a delay," said Heinze.

The Facebook post tells the story of a young woman who thought the unmarked police car pulling her over was a fake. So she dialed 112 for help. In this situation, the Eaton County Sheriff says to always dial 911, and there are a few things you can look out for.

"An unmarked vehicle consists of markings on the side. There's no overheads, however there will be lights on the front that will blink red and blue, as well as lights in the rear," said Tom Reich, the Eaton County Sheriff.

If the unmarked car that is pulling you does not look like that, call 911 to check the legitimacy of the cop or drive to a safe place.

"Go to a populated area. Go to a police dept, a fire dept, or hospital, where there are people present."

And always call 911 in any emergency.


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