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Prank calls and the law

Police, the collective name for all law enforcement agencies—whether state, federal or local—are the mortal enemy of all prank callers. At some point, nearly all prank victims (especially those who have been called more than once) will threaten to involve them. Incessant harassment will often lead victims to actualize such threats, and thus a policeman may call back a prankster, or be put on the phone with him or her at that moment. This often results in the creation of a new policeman soundboard.

Background Edit

Most of the time, a victim's claim that they are going to call the police is little more than an empty threat made in hopes of scaring the prankster off and many victims won't actually follow through on it. Sometimes, however, if a prank call gets out of hand or goes on long enough or the victim is particularly anal, the police really will be called. If the complaint is serious enough, an officer will sometimes be dispatched to the victim's home or business and get on the phone, usually threatening to trace the prank caller's number and have him/her arrested. In some of the more extreme cases, this has also resulted in ongoing police investigations; a prime example being the infamous A Nightmare On Burton Street series of calls by 88Nismo and TheGoldenPhone.

Calls to non-emergency linesEdit

In some rare instances, pranksters have actually made calls to the non-emergency lines at police stations. This, it should be noted, is highly inadvisable at best and almost certainly, an invitation for trouble: unlike a regular victim, police departments (as well as the military and federal authorities) actually have the resources to trace blocked / spoofed numbers and VOIP calls which are made to them, so it's best to avoid dealing with them if possible.

In some locales, the so-called "Non-Emergency" line is a misnomer and is in fact an emergency line that connects directly to the local 911 dispatch center, making prank calls these lines no different in the eyes of the law than prank calling 911 directly. Some pranksters have been arrested for prank calls to 911 as a result.

Calls to 911Edit

Under no circumstances should prank calls be made to 911; this is a felony in most states and all but guaranteed to, sooner or later, result in the police showing up at the prankster's front door (not to mention the fact that it could also potentially endanger lives by preventing someone with a real emergency from getting help). As several recent cases have shown, even if you think you've gotten away with it at first, there's a very real possibility that you could find yourself being dragged away in cuffs a few months later.

Such calls, though rare, have been highly controversial among pranksters and are generally frowned upon by most. Largely, this is due to the fact that in the past, prank calls to 911 have resulted in increased scrutiny of the prank calling community at large by local and federal investigators. A recent example happened in May of 2011, when an as yet unknown prankster made an alleged bomb threat via 911 to the Houston, Texas Police Department with the Rick the Mullet Man soundboard.

LCC arrestEdit

Even more recently, on March 19, 2012, the YouTube uploader and prankster, Life Changing Calls (LCC), alias "xxsquints614", was arrested at his Dover, Delaware home, after making multiple harassing soundboard calls to 911 centers in Delaware and Massachusetts. According to articles on MSNBC, he is currently charged with "four counts of harassment and four counts of malicious interference with emergency communications." The multi-state investigation is ongoing, however, and may result in additional charges.[1] He has since been released after posting an $8,000 unsecured bond.[2]

LCC has since stated that he was actually making calls to the so-called "Non-Emergency lines", and did not realize at the time that they, in fact, connected directly to the local 911 dispatch center.

Douglas Quaid 618 investigationEdit

Less than three weeks after LCC's arrest, police in Albuquerque, New Mexico announced via the local ABC News station that they had launched a special investigation with the aim of tracking down and apprehending the prankster and YouTube uploader, Douglas Quaid 618, in response to a series of calls where he conference called three police operators into one line and harassed them with an Arnold Schwarzenegger soundboard. They further stated that Douglas Quaid 618 prank called more than 242 police officers in total.

More details to follow as they become available.

SBCallingYew arrestEdit

In 2012, it was widely stated that SBCallingYew was found, arrested, and subsequently jailed by the authorities. Reportedly, he called a single business over a dozen times in a single day, and they or the authorities were able to locate him via his IP address. (VoIP software is hardly foolproof, since any outbound calls made create a log of the IP address they were dialed from). His actions sparked a new level of debate as to where lines are crossed in the field of soundboard prank calling.

Calls involving the policeEdit

Calls in which the police showed upEdit

Calls made to the policeEdit

Calls in which policeman calls pranksterEdit

Notable victimsEdit

Policemen turned into soundboards
Victims in law-enforcement
  • Bail Bondsman, was a police officer until 1970. He presently owns and operates Herbert Bail Bonds. On one occasion he answered the phone with "Upland Police Department", in an attempt to scare away the prank callers.
  • Cop Screamer, frequently claims her brother is a "top cop" homicide detective.
  • Fugitive Recovery Agent, a bailbond company employee and self-described "fugitive recovery agent".
  • The Irate Black Man's whole family is on the police force.
  • The Redneck Roofer claims to have a brother-in-law who is a detective with the Hot Springs Police Department.
Victims impersonating policemen

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