Although the United States has not had a military draft since 1973 at the end of the Vietnam War, young men are still required to register for the draft upon reaching the age of eighteen.  Presently there are no plans whatsoever for the re-institution of draft, however, following the developments in Iran last week following the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, there have been many false stories floating on the Internet regarding the military draft being reinstated.  In addition, many people received text messages telling them that they had been drafted into the Army and must report for immediate departure to Iran.  The texts also have been threatening imprisonment if the person receiving the text message ignored the text message.  All of the text messages and stories about a new military draft are false although this did not stop concerned young men receiving the text messages from shutting down the website of the Selective Service System by flooding it with more traffic than the website could handle in attempting to find out the truth.

The truth is that there is no draft.  New legislation that is not even being considered would be required to reinstate the draft.

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This particular scam appears to have been done merely for purposes of disruption and not for profit.  The text messages did not ask for any personal information that could be used for purposes of identity theft.  In regard to the draft, it is important to know that the Selective Service does not contact people by text messages, emails or phone calls.  Nor do other federal agencies.  Impostor scams in which the scammer poses as a governmental agent from the IRS, Medicare, the Social Security Administration or some other governmental agency are exceedingly common.  Generally, they attempt to frighten people into either paying money to resolve some problem or providing personal information that can be used to make the person a victim of identity theft.  The best course of action if you do receive a telephone call, text message or email appearing to come from a governmental agency asking for either personal information or a payment is to confirm with that agency whether or not the communication was legitimate.  Generally, they are not.

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