This is a warning to everyone to never ever pull over on the side of the road in your vehicle for any unmarked police car if you are not in a built up area where there are plenty of other vehicles present on the road and preferably not until you can get to a service station, shopping centre or a police station.

The other day i received a networked email which told the story of Lauren, a 19 year old university student from somewhere in Australia, who luckily had the intuition and brains to remember the very sound advice of her parents to never pull over in those circumstances and dial the number 000 on her mobile phone, which is a little known police switchboard number besides 000.

As it turned out, the person in the supposed unmarked police car is a convicted rapist and has done time for other crimes, and had Lauren made a split second decision to pull over for this scumbag, it’s no guessing that by the day’s end she might well have been raped, bashed, killed and buried in a shallow grave.

After refusing to pull over on the side of the road, Lauren continued to keep driving and called 000 immediately, the police switchboard operator was able to confirm with Lauren that no ‘real’ police car was dispatched in the location where this gut wrenching saga took place, and that real cops in real police cars were already on their way to back her up.

Four police cars in fact, and after surrounding both Lauren’s car and the scumbag’s car from behind, a pack of police officers pounced after cornering him and forcing him off the road. One went to the aid of Lauren, the others pulled and tackled the convicted rapist to the ground. Could have easily ended up so much worse.


  1. Not sure if you are being ironic or satirical by posting this story on your blog – but it took me 7 seconds to find out this story is dubious at best. Link to urban myth site: http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/fakecop.asp. Calling 121 from a mobile in Australia will get you a ‘this number is not connected.’ Might consider removing this post because it could cause confusion.

  2. Hi Bjorn, thanks for the tip off, you might say i was guilty of presumption and assuming this was all above board and genuine, given that i recieved it from three diffrent female relatives who i would regard as straightforward and not the gullible type and the serious nature of the email i wouldn’t have even in a million years suspected it was make believe or an urban myth.

    Instead of removing the blog Bjorn, i actually thought it would be better if i left it on here and changed the emergency number from 121 to the commonly known 000, which you and i know is for real.

    Whether or not this was a real or fake scenerio, the potential for such a terrible thing to occur is a definite possibility. especially now that this email about Lauren has probaly been viewed by a lot of crazy, evil men out there and given them the idea to commit a crime as portrayed by the person who tried to abduct Lauren.

    Even if it’s a fake the pretence of the email is actually a very poignant real life warning to everybody, especially women, to never pull over for an unmarked police car unless you are in a built up area and to call 000 immediately, not 121 as you have alerted me to. Cheers!

    Tim Badrick.

  3. 112

    The number you are thinking of is 112. Intentional or not, that must have been a typo in the email. More info below:


    “112 – International standard emergency number

    Triple Zero (000) is Australia’s primary telephone number to call for assistance in life threatening or time critical emergency situations. Dialling 112 directs you to the same Triple Zero (000) call service and does not give your call priority over Triple Zero (000).

    112 is an international standard emergency number which can only be dialled on a digital mobile phone. It is accepted as a secondary international emergency number in some parts of the world, including Australia, and can be dialled in areas of GSM network coverage with the call automatically translated to that country’s emergency number. It does not require a simcard or pin number to make the call, however phone coverage must be available (any carrier) for the call to proceed.

    There is no advantage to dialling 112 over Triple Zero (000). Calls to 112 do not go to the head of the queue for emergency services, and it is not true that it is the only number that will work on a mobile phone.

    Dialling 112 from a fixed line telephone in Australia (including payphones) will not connect you to the emergency call service as it is only available from digital mobile phones.”

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