Fraud Alert: texts about being chosen for a draft are fake, says U.S. Army

With the tensions between the United States and Iran mounting after the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, many U.S. citizens may be worried about the case of an emergency military situation that warrants a draft.

Scam text messages - appearing as though they have been sent by the U.S. Army - have now been circulating. These messages have been notifying individuals that they have been selected for a military draft and also may include the threat of prison time if there is no reply.

Americans shouldn't worry, the U.S. Army said in a statement, as the "texts are false and were not initiated by this command or the U.S. Army"

The last military draft was in 1973 during the Vietnam War. In a Facebook post, the Selective Service System stated that "In the event that a national emergency necessitates a draft, Congress and the President would need to pass official legislation to authorize a draft"

Ignore those text messages for now and if you do receive threats that place you in immediate danger, contact local authorities by calling 9-1-1. To place yourself on the Do Not Call Registry click here. To report unwanted text messages, file a complaint through the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) here.

(Photo: U.S. Army Recruiting Command)

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