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Authorities Say Beware Of Media Post About Alternate 911

Last updated on Sunday, March 3, 2013

(TERRE HAUTE) - You may be seeing social media posts about an alternate 911. But authorities say, beware.

Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse said this is the first he's heard of the alternative 911.

WTHI reports if you frequent social media sites, you've probably seen the claims.

The number is 112. And if you call it in Europe, help will be on the way.

But, if you call it here, help may be a while - and likely not coming at all.

The social media post says using 112 connects you to dispatch. The purpose: to find out if the authority pulling you over is legitimate.

Here's the problem; police says it's a false claim.

Chief Plasse said a driver should dial 911 if they're concerned about getting pulled over by an unmarked police car.

"If you've got an issue, we tell people if you're not sure who it is, the law says if you're in an unmarked car, you have to b e in full uniform, like I've got...You have to have a full uniform, showing you are if you're in an unmarked car...If there's a concern, and they're worried about something, we always tell them, drive to the police department or put your flashers on, drive to a lighted area, if you're unsure of who's pulling you over," said Chief Plasse.

Chief Plasse said 911 is your best bet if you think you're being pulled over by an imposter.

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