On Tuesday, local time, the U.S. military issued a press release warning the public of fraudulent text messages from self-proclaimed recruiters,media Outlet The Verge reported. Some text messages claim that those receiving messages can go to their local recruitment office to “depart for Iran now”. Other text messages extended the message, saying that if the person did not respond, they would be “fined and could be sentenced to at least six years in prison.”
“The U.S. Army Recruitment Command received multiple calls and emails about these false text messages and wanted to make sure that Americans understood that the text was false and was not sent by the command or the U.S. military,” the statement said. The Army said in a statement that Congress and the president must approve a draft before they can proceed with the draft.
In addition, the U.S. Military Service System issued a warning on Monday against a number of scam sites. “You should not register or your personal information may be compromised,” the agency said in a tweet. “
In fact, shortly after the U.S. government confirmed Suleimani’s death, the Military Service Registry website was not available for a time, possibly because some young Americans feared they would be forced into conscription.
The U.S. Army is not yet sure who sent the message or how they executed it. An Army spokesman told The Verge: “Army security personnel are investigating the source of the information. “