Yes, Multnomah County is sending cell phone alerts about the heat wave

Viewers have wondered about the authenticity of the calls and texts they’ve received this week. The county is indeed sending them.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Several viewers in the Portland metro area contacted KGW on Thursday evening and Friday morning to report that they had recently received one or more odd-looking text messages, sometimes accompanied by cell phone calls from unrecognized numbers.

The messages appeared to pertain to the ongoing heat wave in the Portland area, but the unusual formatting and the lack of a clearly identified sender left some of the recipients suspicious that the messages could be spam or a phishing scam, and they wanted

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