According to an urban myth that has circulated in the UK for several years, dialling 999 on your mobile phone then immediately hanging up will instantly recharge your phone battery.
Of course, the claim is utter nonsense. Dialling 999 or any other number will certainly not boost your phone battery.
Unfortunately, this myth is potentially more dangerous and damaging than other silly phone charging hoaxes. 999 is the emergency number in the UK, so the hoax is causing ongoing problems for UK authorities. An August 2013 Mirror Online article notes:
Mobile users have been urged to ignore an urban myth that claims dialling 999 charges their phone’s battery. Derbyshire Police said they’d received several emergency calls that turned out to be from people believing their phone would be charged.
Unfortunately, police have to waste time following up such calls in case they are legitimate.
Hoax calls can tie up the emergency number and could potentially slow responses to real emergencies. Calling your country’s emergency number for any reason other than a genuine emergency is irresponsible. And, making a prank call to emergency services is a criminal offence in the UK and many other jurisdictions.
If this absurd hoax comes your way, be sure to let the sender know that the claims are untrue and potentially dangerous.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!