Fake Text Messages Warn of Martial Law in U.S. Due to Coronavirus

TUESDAY, March 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- False text messages warning that martial law would be implemented in the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic were received by many Americans on Sunday and Monday, forcing federal officials to refute the rumors.

It's difficult to stop or trace the false messages because they're shared in texts and often forwarded by well-meaning family and friends, NBC News reported.

Late Sunday, the National Security Council tweeted: "Text message rumors of a national #quarantine are FAKE. There is no national lockdown. @CDC.gov has and will continue to post the latest guidance on #COVID19."

One of the fake test messages read: "Please be advised. Within 48 to 72 hours the President will evoke what is called the Stafford Act. Stock up on whatever you guys need to make sure you have a two week supply of everything. Please forward to your network."

Last week, a false text message about plans to quarantine New York City circulated among residents, so police had to reassure the public that there weren't any such plans, NBC New reported.

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