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Wed Jan 8, 2020, 04:57 PM

Army Warns of Fake Texts Drafting Civilians for 'Immediate Departure to Iran'

Source: New York Times

The text messages popped up on cellphones across the country, purporting to be an urgent communication from the United States Army.

“We tried contacting you through your email several times and have had no response,” one message read. The recipient, it said, had been “marked eligible” for the military draft and was ordered to report to the nearest Army branch “for immediate departure to Iran.”

From New Jersey to Utah to Florida, similar fraudulent messages have circulated around the country this week, setting off concern among young people and their parents amid an escalation in conflict between the United States and Iran. But after receiving multiple calls and emails about the messages, which in at least one case threatened jail time, the United States Army issued a “fraud alert” warning that the messages were fake and said it was investigating who was behind them.

“This is nothing that we are initiating,” said Lisa M. Ferguson, a spokeswoman for the United States Army Recruiting Command. “They are completely fake.”

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Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/08/us/fake-draft-texts-army.html





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Reply Army Warns of Fake Texts Drafting Civilians for 'Immediate Departure to Iran' (Original post)
jpak Jan 8 OP
Traildogbob Jan 8 #1
Sapient Donkey Jan 8 #2
jpak Jan 8 #3
BlueIdaho Jan 8 #4
ToxMarz Jan 8 #5
Renew Deal Jan 8 #6
JustABozoOnThisBus Jan 8 #7
dware Jan 9 #14
JustABozoOnThisBus Jan 9 #15
dware Jan 9 #16
B Stieg Jan 8 #8
onenote Jan 8 #9
larwdem Jan 9 #10
Flaleftist Jan 9 #11
jmowreader Jan 9 #12
keithbvadu2 Jan 9 #17
Jamastiene Jan 9 #13

Response to jpak (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2020, 05:04 PM

1. I love it

Talk about about get out the vote. Provo, More please. If they want to control media with lies, damn time we do.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2020, 05:07 PM

2. Would have to be pretty gullible to fall for that.

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Response to Sapient Donkey (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 8, 2020, 05:09 PM

3. President Trump

Folks is gullibilll

Yup

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Response to Sapient Donkey (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 8, 2020, 05:09 PM

4. Trump's Base... nt.

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Response to Sapient Donkey (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 8, 2020, 05:14 PM

5. Yeah, they probably would not have made good recruits

Though they probably would obey mindlessly. I hope CBP doesn't get any ideas.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2020, 05:15 PM

6. lol

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2020, 06:09 PM

7. Immediate deployment to Iran? Don't I get some basic training first?

I wanna be yelled at by drill sergeants, told to pull my head out of my ass, told "no, your OTHER left", neat army stuff like that.

Then Iran.



No, wait, I don't think they're drafting 70-somethings.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 9, 2020, 08:54 AM

14. If I had gotten the text,

I would have shown up at the nearest Army Recruiting station in my USMC Dress Blues and said, here I am, now what?

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Response to dware (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 9, 2020, 12:32 PM

15. The Army recruiter might say, ...

Marine, eh? Well, we might be able to teach you something, regardless.

Step toward the bus, starting with your left foot. No, Marine, your OTHER left foot. Sheesh.



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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 9, 2020, 01:53 PM

16. LOLOL.

I just got a good laugh at your post.

Thank you for the humor, I really needed it today.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2020, 06:25 PM

8. My freshman writing students are worried.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2020, 06:32 PM

9. Stupid and unhelpful

Even if a few people believe these messages are authentic, as soon as they contact the Army (as directed) they will learn it is a hoax. And they will be pissed. And who will they direct their ire towards? Not the military. Not Trump. They'll assume it was a con designed to scare people perpetrated by opponents of war with Iran.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Jan 9, 2020, 12:12 AM

10. good

this will GOTV for the DEMS. I love it.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Jan 9, 2020, 01:54 AM

11. Haha!

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Jan 9, 2020, 02:24 AM

12. I do wonder...

Let’s say 1000 military-age Trump supporters were sent genuine draft notices. How many would report, and how many would try to get out of it?

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 9, 2020, 02:23 PM

17. A sudden rash of bone spurs

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Jan 9, 2020, 02:27 AM

13. I kind of wish they had let it go on for a while first.

It would have been even better if the Trump boys had gotten one of those texts and had to sweat it out for a day or two.

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