OPERATION MAGIC CARPET

Here’s an amazing VETERANS DAY story regarding our WWII veterans returning home. I was never aware of this massive undertaking.

OPERATION MAGIC CARPET

This is an excellent piece. Please pass it on to many, especially our young adults. . .

This email has the most incredible pictures of our returning military I’ve ever seen. I can’t imagine what it took to get these guys home.

We now have two generations who never entered the military, who have no idea how fortunate they are to live in a free country.  A country that isn’t speaking German because of the sacrifices these young men & women made so we could remain a free country. I say this to my own children and grandchildren who have no idea how patriotic those old-timers feel and will never forget.

This is one email with genuine proof of an historical event. Share it please, for pictures worth a 1,000 words. (Do you remember what Eisenhower said at the end of the war? “Take pictures of the dead Holocaust Jewish people, for a generation or two from now, many people will never believe it happened!”

Returning the troops home after WWII was a daunting task. We needed a Magic Carpet to fly everyone home . . .so we made one!

A few numbers: In 1939, before the war, there were 334,000 servicemen, not counting the Coast Guard.

By 1945, when the war ended, there were over 12 million, including the Coast Guard! Eight million of these men and women were scattered overseas in Europe, the Pacific, and Asia. Shipping them out, over a period of time, hadn’t posed a particular problem. During the war, 148,000 troops crossed the Atlantic west to east each month; getting them home afterward was a massive logistical headache. The effort to get them back to America – and home — ramped up to 435,000-a-month over a period of 14 months.

Army Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall had already established committees to address the issue in 1943.

Soldiers returning home on the USS General Harry Taylor in August 1945.

When Germany fell in May 1945, the US. Navy was still busy fighting in the Pacific and couldn’t assist with the herculean task of transporting three million men and women home. That job fell to the Army and the Merchant Marine. Three hundred Victory and Liberty cargo ships were converted to troop transports for the task. 

Hammocks crammed into available spaces aboard the USS Intrepid.

In October 1945, with the war in Asia also over, the Navy started chipping in, converting all available vessels to transport duty.

On smaller ships like destroyers, capable of carrying perhaps 300 men, soldiers were told to hang their hammocks in whatever nook and cranny they could find. Carriers were particularly useful, as their large open hangar decks could house 3,000 or more troops in relative comfort, with bunks, sometimes in stacks of five welded or bolted in place.

Bunks aboard the Army transport SS Pennant

The Navy wasn’t picky, though: cruisers, battleships, hospital ships, even LSTs (Landing Ship, Tank), were packed full of men yearning for home.

Two British ocean liners under American control, the RMS Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth, had already served as troop transports before the war, and continued to do so during the operation, each capable of carrying up to 15,000 people at a time, though their normal, peacetime capacity was less than 2,200.

Twenty-nine ships were dedicated to transporting war brides – i.e., women married to American soldiers during the war.

Troops performing a lifeboat drill onboard the Queen Mary in December 1944, before Operation Magic Carpet

The Japanese surrender in August, 1945 came none too soon, but it put an extra burden on Operation Magic Carpet.

The war in Asia had been expected to continue well into 1946, and the Navy and the War Shipping Administration were hard-pressed to bring home all the troops — who now had to get home earlier than anticipated.

The transports carrying them also had to collect numerous POWs from recently liberated Japanese camps, many of whom suffered from malnutrition and illness.

U.S. soldiers recently liberated from Japanese POW camps

The time to get home depended a lot on the circumstances. The USS Lake Champlain, a brand new Essex-class carrier that arrived too late for the war, could cross the Atlantic and take 3,300 troops home in a little under four days and eight hours.Meanwhile, troops going home from Australia or India, would sometimes spend months on slower vessels.

Hangar of the USS Wasp during the operation

There was enormous pressure on the operation to bring home as many men as possible by Christmas, 1945. Therefore, a sub-operation, Operation Santa Claus was dedicated to the purpose.

Due to storms at sea and an overabundance of soldiers eligible for the return home, however, Santa Claus could only return a fraction of them in time. Actually, many of the troops got back to American soil, but not quite home.

The nation’s transportation network was heavily overloaded. Many trains heading west from the East Coast were on average six hours behind schedule, and trains heading east from the West Coast were twice that late.

The crowded flight deck of the USS Saratoga.

The USS Saratoga transported home a total of 29,204 servicemen during Operation Magic Carpet, more than any other ship. Many freshly discharged men who found themselves stuck in separation centers were greeted with an outpouring of love and friendliness from the locals. Many townsfolk took in freshly arrived troops, and others invited the boys to Christmas dinner in their homes.

Still others gave their train tickets to soldiers! Many organized quick parties at local train stations for men on layover.

One Los Angeles taxi driver took six soldiers all the way to Chicago; another took another carload of men to Manhattan, the Bronx, Pittsburgh, Long Island, Buffalo and New Hampshire.  Neither of the drivers accepted a fare beyond the cost of gas.

Overjoyed troops returning home on the battleship USS Texas

All in all, though, the Christmas deadline proved untenable. The last 29 troop transports, carrying some 200,000 men from the China-India-Burma theater, arrived in America in April, 1946, bringing Operation Magic Carpet to an end. An additional 127,000 soldiers had to wait until September to return home, and finally lay down the burden of war.

GOD BLESS THE “GREATEST GENERATION” (above) and the Generations that have served this Great Nation before-and-since WWII!                                                                          

 A veteran   –   whether active duty, retired, served one hitch, or reservist is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The Government of the United States of America,” for an amount of “up to and including his life.”

That is HONOR, and there are too many people in this country who no longer understand it

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BUDDY CHECKS

Buddy Checks to focus on mental health, well-being

START WITH A CALL

The American Legion Oct 29, 2020

As COVID-19 cases rise and the holidays approach, The American Legion is encouraging posts and members to shift their Buddy Check programs to assist veterans coping with mental health and well-being challenges.

The nation’s largest veterans organization is also urging Congress to pass the Buddy Check Week bill which will make wellness checks a national priority for the Department of Veterans Affairs. With military suicides up 20 percent over this time last year, Legionnaires are urged to make check-in calls to at-risk veterans across the nation and offer support and access to wellness programs in the week surrounding Veterans Day and into the winter months ahead.

Veterans can be at particular risk for depression and suicide around the holidays, and many are disproportionately hard-hit by the pandemic due to age, chronic health issues, post-traumatic stress disorder and isolation. The Buddy Check program is designed to give Legionnaires the tools to make contact, engage in conversation, assess risks and direct veterans in need to the appropriate services.

“The American Legion knows from 100 years of experience that it’s veteran-to-veteran contact that can make the difference for someone in a crisis situation,” says James W. “Bill” Oxford, national commander of The American Legion. “So, we’re putting some muscle behind this effort and giving our members the tools they need to reach out to fellow veterans in their hometowns who may be hard hit by the triple whammy of the pandemic, isolation and the holidays.”

Resources and toolkits for Buddy Check teams are available at legion.org/buddycheck on the web. Also posted on the platform are American Legion Buddy Check success stories.

The American Legion is calling on its nearly 2 million members to contact Congress to unanimously pass the Buddy Check Week bill introduced with bipartisan support from U.S. Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Doug Jones, D-Ala.; and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H. The legislation will require VA to establish a “Buddy Check Week,” as well as provide educational opportunities, materials and references for veterans to learn more about how to conduct personal wellness checks. The bill also compels VA to expand resources for the Veterans Crisis Line to handle any potential increased volume during the designated week.

“Veterans are in crisis, and we need Congress’ help to take this program to the next level and stem the tide of suicide among our nation’s veterans,” Oxford said. “We need all hands on deck and all boots on the ground to fight for our nation’s veterans, just like they fought for us.”

The Buddy Check program encourages Legionnaires to make contact, lend a listening ear, and direct veterans to critical services. For Buddy Check information, visit legion.org/buddycheck. For urgent help, contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.

Tools For Buddy Check Teams

Here is a listing of tools to be used as aids when on buddy check missions.

Get a buddycheck tool kit by clicking on the below URL.

https://www.legion.org/buddycheck/tools


CODE TALKERS

Livescience.com

The battle for Iwo Jima took place from the 19th of February until the 26th of March, 1945.  Iwo Jima is a small volcanic island, only slightly more than 8 square miles is size. During WWII, it was controlled by the Japanese until the U.S. invasion, and was important to both sides because of 2 airfields on the island, a 3rd airfield was unfinished, and because of its proximity (750 miles) to mainland Japan.  The island was seen by the U.S. as a possible base of bombing operations against Japan by American B-29s.

More than 70,000 US troops, primarily Marines, took part in the 36-day battle, with about 6,800 killed. Today, 151 are still officially listed as missing.  There were originally about 22,000 Japanese soldiers on Iwo.  Only 1,023 were captured alive and over 10,000 were never recovered from caves and fortifications.  Iwo Jima was an extremely costly battle.

Navajo Native Americans learned a special spoken code, and were utilized during the combat on Iwo. They could speak to fellow tribe members about enemy activity without being decoded.  These “code Talkers” made a large contribution to the capture of Iwo Jima.  The included video is about some of the Code Talker action.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! !

‘Enough is enough’ | Police chief says Portlanders are tired of violence, at protests and elsewhere

Jonathan Levinson / Jonathan Levinson

“Portlanders need to send a strong message that enough is enough,” said Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell.

Police chief wants community help on violence

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Author: KGW Staff

Published: 9:15 AM PDT August 5, 2020

Updated: 6:37 PM PDT August 5, 2020

 

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell lamented the destruction and criminal activity happening downtown during a meeting with the media on Wednesday morning, and he said the recently defunded Gun Violence Reduction Team should come back.

Protesters have gathered in downtown Portland each night for nearly 10 weeks since the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis when a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly 8 minutes.

Portland’s protests and rallies against systemic racism and police brutality have mostly been peaceful, with thousands of people gathering in downtown Portland to chant, listen to speakers and call for change.

“There have been some really large peaceful protests where people have come out, listened to and given speeches, marched to different parts of the city, and that has required zero police engagement,” Lovell said.

Lovell said there’s a small group of people at the protests dedicated to destroying property and provoking a response from police. Those crowds have gathered late each night outside the Justice Center, federal courthouse, and Portland police precinct and union buildings. They’ve smashed windows, lit fires, and thrown objects at officers, including fireworks, rocks and bricks. 

Wednesday night on North Lombard Street, a spectacular scene played out around 11:15 p.m. A large pickup drove down the middle of the street while demonstrators were on either side, and the truck was pushing an empty motorcycle under its front end.

Sparks sprayed out from under the truck and lit up the area. The driver was later stopped, cooperated with police and was not arrested. It came during another night of protests focused on the police union offices in North Portland.

Police arrested three people and said the night included people breaking into the union offices and setting fires along with rocks and bricks thrown at officers trying to break up the crowd.

RELATED: Riot declared, 3 arrested after protesters break into Portland police union headquarters

“I’ve never seen a summer like this,” said Chief Lovell.

Police have arrested more than 400 people since violent demonstrations started more than two months ago.

He said the actions of those people are taking away from the larger Black Lives Matter movement, which he said is powerful and important.

“Portlanders need to send a strong message that enough is enough,” Lovell said. “This is not forwarding the goals that are going to lead to better outcomes for people of color. This movement is really powerful, but the violence has taken away from it. … This is not what Portland is about. This is not what we need in our city.”

The chief also said that directing so many officers to the downtown protests takes away from the work police need to be doing, especially as the city has seen a large increase in homicides and shootings in the past month. Police said Wednesday that there were 99 shootings in Portland last month, up from 35 in July last year.

“Redirecting officers to crowd control at protests leaves very few cars in the precincts to answer 911 calls. Sometimes just two or three cars,” Lovell said. “That’s the real issue.”

WATCH: Portland police chief Chuck Lovell speaks about protests

Lovell recently wrote an op-ed that was published in the New York Times. In the editorial, the chief touched on his concerns that weeks of unrest have drowned out voices that must be heard to make positive change.

In the op-ed, Lovell wrote that the Portland Police Bureau is a progressive agency that’s made significant changes to policies and training, and he called for an end to violence and pledged to be a leader in police reform.

“There was a need to talk about the nightly violence, but also the peaceful protests,” Lovell said when asked why he penned the op-ed. “I wanted to represent our city in a fair manner from a police chief’s point of view. I wanted to be helpful. The reputation we were starting to get nationally was kind of troubling.”

THE STORY: Portland police chief pens New York Times op-ed

Peaceful protests and community pressure led to city council defunding Portland police by $15 million in June. Funding was cut for the GVRT, which many believed was racist because it stopped more Black people than anyone else.

Chief Lovell said the narrative is wrong and that the unit was not racist.

“I disagree with that, the stops data,” he said. “The numbers are the numbers, but I think if you look at major cities that do that type of work, the numbers are similar.”

The bureau released numbers Wednesday showing July had 99 shooting incidents this year, compared to 35 for July of 2019.

Lovell said that a majority of the shooting victims in Portland are Black. In the shootings last month, Black people made up 66% of the victims.

The chief said he hopes the specialized GVRT returns,  because it worked and the community wanted it.

“The stops have gotten a lot of attention,” Chief Lovell said. “But a lot of those stops end with handshakes and conversation. And there’s a real familiarity and people miss it. We hear from a lot of people in the community saying hey we need the Gun Violence Reduction Team back. We need these officers that know our community, that know this issue of gun violence, that we really relied on to help stay safe.”

RELATED: DHS: Feds sustained 277 injuries while in Portland, including temporary blindness

Author: KGW Staff

Published: 8:48 PM PDT August 5, 2020

Updated: 5:54 AM PDT August 6, 2020

 PORTLAND, Ore — Demonstrators again gathered Wednesday night to protest police brutality and systemic racism. This is the 10th straight week protests have gone on in Portland following the killing of George Floyd.

Protesters were out in two groups Wednesday night. One gathered in downtown Portland outside the Justice Center and the other in Southeast Portland at Floyd Light City Park at Southeast 111th Avenue and Alder Street.

The group in Southeast Portland, which police said grew to a couple hundred people, marched to Portland police’s East Precinct. Around 9:30 p.m., police tweeted that “criminal activity” was occurring at the Precinct but did not specify. They asked that peaceful protesters leave.

In a press release sent out early Thursday morning, police said people in the crowd were shining green lasers and other lights at officers. Another person tried to remove the surveillance camera from the front doors of the East Precinct, police said, while others spray painted the camera and the doors of the precinct.

Journalist Garrison Davis reported that some plywood that was covering the front doors had been removed and that a board was being used as a battering ram. Police said others slammed heavy large objects, including large rocks into the glass doors of the East Precinct.

Things seemed to escalate quickly. Police declared an unlawful assembly at 9:45 p.m. At 9:50 p.m., police say people attacking the glass doors of the East Precinct cracked the doors. At 10 p.m. Portland police declared a riot. Protesters were told that they would be subject to crowd control agents if they did not leave.

Even as warnings were announced to protesters, some tried to break through a glass door at the building, Sergio Olmos reported. Police said other people in the crowd threw fireworks and other items at officers.

As police worked to disperse the crowd, around 10:10 p.m. tear gas was used. In the press release sent out by police early Thursday, police said they used tear gas and other crowd control munitions “because of life safety issues created by members in the group.”

The crowd reformed about a block away, according to independent journalists at the scene. Police said that while officers were dispersing the crowd, a truck tried to run over several officers.

Around 10:20 p.m., Garrison Davis reported that protesters threw eggs at officers and police responded by charging and tackling people in the crowd.

Near that same time, Portland police tweeted that they believed an “explosive device” had been left outside the East Precinct. They closed the area of Southeast Washington to Southeast Cherry Blossom Street on Southeast 106th Avenue. They also closed Floyd Light Middle School and the East Portland Community Center. Police said Thursday morning that the device was later found not to be an explosive.

Around 10:30 p.m., police rushed into a crowd and made an arrest, according to Sergio Olmos. Police said several people in the crowd threw “heavy rocks the size of shot puts” at police, hitting several officers. At this time, police said they took several people into custody.

At 11:20 p.m., some in the crowd threw balloons full of paint at officers.

Police continued to disperse the crowd for the next two hours, only to have the crowd regroup and return to the area of the East Precinct. By 1:30 a.m., police said most of the crowd had left the area.

Late on Tuesday night, a truck drove through a barricade and into a crowd of people in North Portland. Video showed that a bike got stuck underneath the truck as it sped away, emitting sparks. Police said nobody was hit by the truck.

Later that night, during the early morning hours of Wednesday, a riot was declared outside the Portland Police Association building in North Portland and three people were arrested after protesters broke into the union headquarters and set a fire inside the building.

READ: Riot declared, 3 arrested after protesters break into Portland police union headquarters

READ: Portland City Council votes to send police oversight measure to voters



NEW RESOLUTIONS

The American Legion

National Executive Committee

Held on

Mail 2020

Voted the following Resolutions;

The electronic vote by the National Executive Committee on Res. # 5: “Vision & Mission Statement” has been concluded (a copy of the resolution is attached).  There were 59 “Yes” votes, and 1 “No” vote, with the National Commander not voting due to protocol.  Therefore the resolution is adopted. 

We will begin to make posters of the vision, mission, values and motto for dissemination to departments and posts. 

The vision, mission, and values statement will help define which topics The American Legion should issue statements about (along with the guidance from our adopted resolutions). 

The “motto” does not replace “For God And Country”; it summarizes the essence of the vision, mission and values statement. 

None of the aforementioned replaces the purposes enumerated in the Preamble to The American Legion Constitution, which are our ultimate guiding points.

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Resolution P

No.: 5

Title: Vision, Mission, Values and Motto of The American Legion

Origin: Finance Commission

RESOLVED . . . . . . .That The American Legion adopt the following vision statement:

“The American Legion strengthens America by improving the lives of our veterans, the military and their families.”; and, be it further

RESOLVED . . . . . . That The American Legion adopt the following value principles:

• A VETERAN IS A VETERAN – which means The American Legion embraces all current and former members of the military and endeavors to help them transition into their communities.

• SELFLESS SERVICE – which means The American Legion celebrates all who contribute to something larger than themselves and inspires others to serve and strengthen America.

• AMERICAN VALUES AND PATRIOTISM – which means The American Legion advocates for upholding and defending the United States Constitution, equal justice and opportunity for everyone and discrimination against no one, youth education, responsible citizenship and honoring military service by observing and participating in patriotic and memorial events.

• FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT – which means The American Legion meets the unique needs of local communities.

• ADVANCING THE VISION – which means The American Legion educates, mentors and leads new generations of Americans.

• HONORING THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US – which means The American Legion pays perpetual respect for all past military sacrifices to ensure they are never forgotten by new generations.; and, be it finally

RESOLVED, . . . . . . .That The American Legion adopt the following mission statement:

“The American Legion strengthens our communities, states and nation with programs and services for our veterans, the military and their families.”;

RESOLVED, That The American Legion adopt the following motto: “Veterans Strengthening America.

WELCOME HOME!

2-218th Field Artillery Soldiers

2 August 2020

American Legion, Post 180

Milwaukie, Oregon

Post 180 was recently informed that approximately 390 Oregon Army National Guard soldiers  from 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery will be returning to their homes in the early days of August.  The homecoming will occur in two groups on separate days, with arrival at Portland International Airport.  The soldiers are based at several armories in Portland, McMinnville and Forest Grove.

Post 180 Commander Michael Wilson has been in contact with Second Lieutenant Wynn from Forest Grove, a Project Officer with the Oregon Army National Guard.  Cmdr. Wilson offered to welcome the soldiers home with an individual voucher, inviting the holder to drop by The American Legion in Milwaukie, and receive informal “welcome home” greetings from some of the Post membership.  As part of the welcome, the Post will offer a free beer and a free “all American hot dog”, or a chili dog.  Post 180 wishes to express “thank you for your service”in a homey way to the returning men and women.

On Friday, 31 July, Lt. Wynn represented the returning Oregon Army National Guard, and met American Legion Post 180 Commander Michael Wilson.  A box of the vouchers that will be passed out to the returnees was given to Lt Wynn for his disbursement.  A photo of the meeting of the two principals is included with this post, as well as a sample of the voucher to be distributed.

Michael Wilson, Post 180 Cmdr. presents vouchers to Lt Wynn of 2 – 218 FA

ANARCHISM

WHAT IS ANARCHISM?

A political philosophy and movement that rejects all involuntary, coercive forms of hierarchy. It radically calls for the abolition of the state which it holds to be undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful. (Wikipedia) It is a state of society without government or law and foments political and social disorder due to the absence of governmental control. Areas of Portland and Seattle are recent examples of where anarchism is getting a foothold.

Below is a statement and mailing to Posts across this nation from National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford.

That Other Virus

By James W. “Bill” Oxford

There is a virus in America that could cause more long-term destruction than COVID-19. Just as the novel coronavirus can quickly devastate a healthy body this other virus threatens lives, neighborhoods and infrastructures. No person or place is truly safe. It can embed itself inside a peaceful protest and turn it into a nightmare of violent rioting and retribution. It turns Americans against Americans. This virus is called anarchy.

Perhaps no one should be more concerned about this virus than those who justly fight for civil rights and equality. Their cause has been hijacked. George Floyd and Breonna Taylor receive only occasional mentions on the evening news while footage of statue-toppling, tear gas and batons dominates. One network’s description of a live event will usually have the opposite perspective of another network. Division is a symptom of this virus and its cancer has reached a stage unseen since the Civil War. The patient is quickly approaching stage 4.

At our 1962 National Convention, American Legion delegates defined “Americanism” in such an eloquent manner that we still adhere to it. It stated that the essence of Americanism is class, religious and racial tolerance.  Written as if it were a vaccine against our current anarchy virus, it further states “law and order are essential to the preservation of Americanism while lawlessness and violence are distinctly un-American.”

That’s worth repeating. “Lawlessness and violence are distinctly un-American.”  Peaceful protests against racism are just, admirable and constitutionally protected. It’s ok if protests make people feel uncomfortable. A good protest is supposed to do that. But many people feel unsafe. This is what distinguishes protestors from anarchists and rioters.

Whether generated from the extreme left or the extreme right, the cracked skulls and burning buildings don’t care. They are damaged, sometimes permanently.

Instead of fighting this virus like good scientists, public officials are failing us. People are being killed while local, state and federal agencies fight over jurisdiction. Add partisan politics to the growing list of symptoms.

Most police officers are brave and honorable. Some are not and those who abuse their positions should be held accountable. In the fog of a riot, it is sometimes difficult for officers to distinguish between a peaceful protestor and a violent anarchist. Again, police officers who commit crimes should be prosecuted. Same with a brick-throwing anarchist.

Federal agents are charged with enforcing federal law and protecting federal property.  State and local law enforcement officers have parallel responsibilities in their respective areas. Mayors, governors and the federal government must work as one when it comes to public safety. Agencies at every level must collaborate.  People are dying. The enemy is not each other. It’s the violent anarchist. Unity is the cure.

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James W. “Bill” Oxford is national commander of The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans organization, www.legion.org.

Media Contact: John Raughter, jraughter@legion.org, (317) 630-1350


CORONAVIRUS SCAM WARNING

Coronavirus scam warning

COVID-19 Consumer Scams

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the United States, the FCC has learned of scam text-message campaigns and robocalls that prey on virus-related fears.

COVID-19 text scams may falsely advertise a cure or offer bogus tests.

COVID-19 Text Scams

Scammers can use links in text messages to install malicious code on your phone or launch a phony webpage to collect personal, health insurance, or financial information for use in other scams. COVID-19 text message scams offer cures, warnings about the need for a test, or “special offers.” Do not click on links in texts related to the virus, and check cdc.gov/coronavirus for the most current information.

Some text scams are impersonating government agencies. The FCC has learned of a text scam claiming to be from the “FCC Financial Care Center” and offering $30,000 in COVID-19 relief. There is no FCC program to provide relief funds to consumers. The text is likely a phishing attempt to get banking or other personal information from its victims.

The Better Business Bureau is warning of a text message scam impersonating the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Recipients are told they must take a “mandatory online COVID-19 test” using a provided link.

Another government imposter text begins with “IRS COVID-19 News” and includes a link and instructions for recipients “to register/update your information in order to receive the economic impact payment regardless of your status.” The link points to a website designed to look like the IRS’s and requests identifying information, including date of birth, social security number and filing status. Ultimately, it requests a debit or credit card number to “verify your identity.”

The FCC has also learned of other bogus consumer offers with coronavirus hooks, such as a text scam offering five months of free Netflix service. If you receive a suspicious text purportedly from Netflix, the company has a webpage with instructions for what to do.

If you think you’ve been a victim of a coronavirus scam, contact law enforcement immediately.

The FCC offers the following tips to help you protect yourself from scams, including coronavirus scams:

  • Do not respond to calls or texts from unknown numbers, or any others that appear suspicious.
  • Never share your personal or financial information via email, text messages, or over the phone.
  • Be cautious if you’re being pressured to share any information or make a payment immediately.
  • Scammers often spoof phone numbers to trick you into answering or responding.  Remember that government agencies will never call you to ask for personal information or money.
  • Do not click any links in a text message. If a friend sends you a text with a suspicious link that seems out of character, call them to make sure they weren’t hacked.

Tips for Avoiding COVID-19 Scams

  • Do not respond to calls or texts from unknown numbers, or any others that appear suspicious.
  • Never share your personal or financial information via email, text messages, or over the phone.
  • Be cautious if you’re being pressured to share any information or make a payment immediately.
  • Scammers often spoof phone numbers to trick you into answering or responding.  Remember that government agencies will never call you to ask for personal information or money.
  • Do not click any links in a text message. If a friend sends you a text with a suspicious link that seems out of character, call them to make sure they weren’t hacked.
  • Always check on a charity (for example, by calling or looking at its actual website) before donating. (Learn more about charity scams.)

If you think you’ve been a victim of a coronavirus scam, contact law enforcement immediately.

For more information about scam calls and texts, visit the FCC Consumer Help Center and the FCC Scam Glossary. You can also file a complaint about such scams at fcc.gov/complaints.

Bureau/Office: 

Consumer and Governmental Affairs