If you’re receiving text messages that you’ve been selected for the military draft, you should know that those messages are fraudulent, according to a Tuesday statement by the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. In fact, the military draft hasn’t been in effect since 1973.
Fact check: The @USArmy is NOT contacting anyone regarding the draft.
Text messages currently circulating are false and are not official Army communications.
Read more: https://t.co/csGpTQNfQc
— U.S. Army Recruiting (@usarec) January 7, 2020
“The Selective Service System is conducting business as usual,” according to the Selective Service System’s official Facebook page.
“In the event that a national emergency necessitates a draft, Congress and the President would need to pass official legislation to authorize a draft.”
Please be advised that there are websites claiming to be the Selective Service that charge for registration. You will not be registered and your personal information may be at risk. Official online registration can only be completed at https://t.co/QMUpcL35mW. pic.twitter.com/spcy8a9wwY
— Selective Service (@SSS_gov) January 6, 2020
The text messages aren’t the only part of a scheme to trick the public into handing over personal information. On Monday, the U.S. Selective Service shared in a tweet a public advisory warning “that there are websites claiming to be the Selective Service that charge for registration.”
The U.S. Army Recruiting Command has not responded to this reporter’s request for details as to the source and content of these messages. The story will be updated with their response.