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Prankster Tries to Call Trump, Says Trump Called Him Back

Politico reports White House is trying to figure out how this happened

(Newser) - "I welcome any opportunity to have a real conversation with the president" on immigration, said Sen. Robert Menendez on Friday. The real Sen. Robert Menendez. A comedian pretending to be the New Jersey Democrat's assistant tried to place a call to President Trump on Wednesday and says he... More »

'Anti-Semitic' Robocall Notes Roy Moore, Washington Post

'WaPo' denies involvement in bizarre scheme

(Newser) - An apparent robocall claiming to seek dirt on embattled Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore might actually be an attack against the newspaper that aired his dirty laundry. WKRG reports a pastor in Alabama received a voicemail Tuesday from a man claiming to be a Washington Post reporter looking for women... More »

Rick Perry Fell for Prank Call That Lasted 22 Minutes

Energy secretary discussed cyberattacks and pig manure with Russian pranksters

(Newser) - Bad news for Rick Perry: The promising new biofuel made from pig manure and homebrewed alcohol he wants to learn more about isn't real—and the person who told him about it wasn't Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman. The energy secretary's 22-minute phone call July 19 with... More »

Trump Likely Didn't Expect So Many Calls About ALF, ET

Internet pranks new hotline for victims of 'illegal aliens'

(Newser) - When will officials learn you never, ever give the internet an opening. President Trump established the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE) hotline via executive order on Wednesday, NBC News reports. According to BuzzFeed , the hotline is meant to help "people impacted by crimes committed by illegal aliens"... More »

Burger King Workers Wreck the Place After Prank Call …Again

There probably isn't gas building up in a Burger King right now

(Newser) - Police say a prank caller tricked workers at a Minnesota Burger King into smashing the windows of the restaurant to keep it from exploding on Friday, mirroring similar deceptions at fast-food restaurants in other states recently. The AP reports employees at the restaurant in the Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapids... More »

Prank Caller Gets Burger King Workers to Trash the Place

Fake gas leak leads to $35,000 in damage

(Newser) - Employees at a California Burger King responded less than ideally to a prank call Saturday night, causing $35,000 in damage to the restaurant, KSBY reports. According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune , someone called the Burger King in Morro Bay pretending to be with the fire department. They told... More »

Prank Caller Gets All the Way to David Cameron

Guy was reportedly high on booze, cocaine

(Newser) - A prank caller had quite the successful Sunday when he convinced the British prime minister's office to put him through to David Cameron. The unidentified caller, who told the Sun he was "off [his] face on booze and cocaine" at the time, first rang British surveillance agency GCHQ... More »

Man Nabbed Over Prank Calls to Pro Coaches

Kenneth Tarr allegedly presented fake job offers

(Newser) - Famous last words: "I'm like the world's most safe criminal." A Los Angeles man has been arrested after allegedly making prank calls to at least a dozen NFL, NBA, and college football coaches offering them new jobs. Kenneth Tarr, 32, allegedly called the likes of ex-Tampa... More »

Kate Middleton Nurse Tried to Kill Herself Twice Before

Overdosed on pills last December in India; was put on anti-depressants

(Newser) - Jacintha Saldanha's suicide in the wake of the Kate Middleton prank call was actually her third attempt on her own life, reports the Daily Mail , citing Indian newspaper reports. Saldanha tried to kill herself while in India last December by overdosing on pills, but survived after being rushed to... More »

Nurse's Suicide Notes Address Hoax, Slap Hospital

Staff says prank victims had 'full support'

(Newser) - The three suicide notes left by nurse Jacintha Saldanha each addressed a different topic: One discussed the prank call by Australian DJs, another dealt with funeral preparations, and a third leveled criticism at Saldanha's hospital colleagues. Her family has received typed versions of each note, insiders tell the Guardian... More »

Radio Pranksters Get Death Threats, Bodyguards

Regulator may revoke station's radio license

(Newser) - The Australian radio station involved in the prank call to Kate Middleton's hospital has hired 24-hour bodyguard protection, after getting a number of death threats. About a dozen Southern Cross Austero staffers have been forced to move into hotels, and as many as 10 executives have been assigned personal... More »

Nurse in Royal Prank Left 3 Suicide Notes

Coroner reveals Jacintha Saldanha used scarf to hang herself

(Newser) - Jacintha Saldanha , the nurse who answered the now-infamous prank call asking about Kate Middleton, left not one but three suicide notes, a coroner's inquest in Britain heard today. A police detective chief inspector revealed that two notes were found at the scene , and a third was tucked among... More »

Teary Aussie DJs 'Gutted' Over Nurse's Death

Radio station says it tried to contact hospital 5 times before airing recording

(Newser) - Australian DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig have broken their silence on their royal prank call gone horribly wrong , reports the Guardian , tearfully telling an interviewer that they're "shattered, gutted, heartbroken" over the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha. "No one could've imagined this to happen,"... More »

Suicide Eyed in Death of Nurse Who Fell for 'Queen' Prank

She put call through to Kate Middleton's nurse

(Newser) - That funny story of a couple of hospital workers who fell for a prank call from "the queen," allowing two radio DJs to speak to Kate Middleton's nurse, is now a tragic story: The receptionist who answered the call and put it through to Middleton's nurse... More »

Kate's Hospital Falls for Prank Call From 'Queen'

Aussie radio show scores health info on Kate Middleton

(Newser) - Well, this is embarrassing: The British hospital treating Kate Middleton admitted it was victimized by a crank call in which information on the Duchess of Cambridge's condition was given to a woman impersonating Queen Elizabeth II. An Australian radio station made a hoax call to King Edward VII's... More »

Dems Slap Walker With Ethics Complaint

Meanwhile, Walker calls their request for meeting 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - Wisconsin Democrats looked no closer to coming to terms with Scott Walker, and vice versa, yesterday: The party filed an ethics complaint against the governor in connection with his infamous David Koch prank call , while Walker called the idea of meeting with Democrats along the Wisconsin-Illinois border “ridiculous.”... More »

Wisconsin Bill Would Ban Prank Calls

Crank callers would face a fine of up to $10K

(Newser) - Representatives claim this has nothing whatsoever to do with the recent Koch-related prank call to Gov. Scott Walker, but the timing sure is odd: Wisconsin is considering a bill that would make such prank calls illegal. Two Republican state legislators authored the bill, which would ban any caller from pretending... More »

LA Man Busted for Making 18K Crank 911 Calls

Suspect accused of harassing dispatchers with 100 calls daily

(Newser) - Police in California say they've arrested a man who appears to have devoted most of his waking hours for six months to making crank calls to 911. Maurice Cruz, 41, is accused of making 18,000 prank calls over the period—around 100 calls a day. He was arrested by... More »

Fake 'Koch Brother' Dupes Scott Walker

Prankster calls up imitating powerful fundraiser

(Newser) - Scott Walker won’t take a call from the Democratic minority leader, but he’ll gladly make time for uber-fundraiser David Koch—or at least, someone he thinks is David Koch. Ian Murphy, editor of the Buffalo's Beast website, managed to get the Wisconsin governor on the phone in just... More »

School Sends Pre-Dawn Robocall, Dad Returns Favor

After getting one at 4:30am, Maryland man exacts revenge

(Newser) - After waking to a 4:30am robocall announcing a snow delay, a Maryland dad was fuming—so he decided to make a robocall of his own. The father of five found an online robocalling company and recorded a message to be sent at 4:30am yesterday to school officials, the... More »

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