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Prank calls fall sharply on April Fools' Day

All Headlines 16:03 April 01, 2016

SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- The number of prank calls to the country's police on April Fools' Day has been decreasing due to the emergence of location-tracking services and the display of a caller's phone number, police said Friday.

According to the National Police Agency, prank calls made to the emergency police telephone number, or 112, came to a mere five last year from 37 in 2012, 31 in 2012 and six in 2014. It stood at two as of Friday morning.

The number of people who make false or prank reports about an emergency situation has dwindled since 2004, when the country legalized the punishment of those offenses.

Under the current law, those who make false or prank calls face a fine of 2 million won (US$1,733).

The introduction of auxiliary phone services, including location-tracking and caller ID, have further added to the decrease in the number of such calls to the police.

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