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A claim that sex traffickers are sending out scam USPS text messages to track people’s locations has been making rounds on social media.
Experts say that the texts are fake, but it’s a scam to induce people to provide their identity or financial information. There’s no evidence this is linked to sex trafficking.
It’s good to be on your guard anytime you receive an unfamiliar text, but one social media claim about a United States Postal Service scam text seems rather far-fetched.
In a TikTok video that was reposted to Facebook, a woman points to a text message claiming to be from USPS. The screenshot of the text reads, "USPS: the arranged delivery for the package 1z50672 got changed. Please confirm here," and then includes a link.
"By clicking on that link you are actually sending your precise location to sex traffickers in your local area, so they can swoop in and come pick your ass up," the woman tells viewers.
A TikTok video reposted to Facebook claims that by clicking on a link from a fake USPS text message, "you are sending your precise location to sex traffickers in your local area" so they can kidnap you.
The text messages are scams, but there is no evidence they are linked to sex trafficking.
We rate this claim False.
Facebook post, April 19, 2021
PolitiFact, These texts are suspicious, but not tied to sex trafficking, August 26, 2020
Email interview with Ayan Ahmed, Communications Specialist for the Polaris Project, April 26, 2021
Polaris Project, Polaris Stement Regarding Rumors About Unclaimed Package Text Messages and Sex Trafficking Scheme, August 27, 2020
Polaris Project, Human Trafficking Rumors, accessed April 26, 2021
Email interview with the United States Postal Inspection Service, April 26, 2021
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