Call for Action Alert: Fake military draft messages threaten jail

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) -- The Army is warning that people are getting scam text messages saying they have been drafted. It says you have to report immediately to be deployed to the Middle East. Investigative Reporter Katie Pelton reached out to our local military officials in this 11 Call for Action Alert.

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We know a lot of people in our community are either in the military, or know someone who is serving, so when you hear people are getting a text saying they have been drafted, you might think it's ridiculous. Scammers are always trying to find new ways to scare people.

The text messages say you need to go to the nearest branch for an immediate departure to Iran. This comes after more than 3,000 troops were deployed to the Middle East following a strike that killed Iran's top general. That's why it may catch some young adults off-guard.

"It got me really nervous because I'm still in high school," George Barnes, a student, told CBS News.

The Army said it is not contacting anyone regarding a draft, and the texts are not official communications.

"It would take an act of Congress and with presidential approval and really a global, international emergency necessity to create a draft," Army Recruiter Commander David Henning told CBS News.

We reached out to Fort Carson to see if anyone in southern Colorado has gotten the scam draft text. But the Post told 11 News they haven't heard of any reports yet.

If you do get the fake draft text, just delete it. The message asks you to call a number and the crooks are probably just after your money or personal information.

Military drafts ended after the Vietnam War. The military has been all-volunteer since 1973.

If you're the victim of a scam, give our 11 Call for Action volunteers a call at 719-457-8211. If you lose money to a scam, you should report it to your local law enforcement.

Click here to read more about the scam from CBS News.