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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Bovington Youth Club - Restarts Mon 29 April

Bovington youth club is situated on the corner
of King George V Road and Elles Road.
Volunteers are always needed. If you can spare a few hours at any of the above sessions, it is greatly appreciated. Please contact Alec on 07973 725410
Link www.bovingtonhive.blogspot.com

Bovington - Bumps & Beyond Group For Parents With Young Children

Memorial Hall - free parking, toilet facilities and nearby coffee shop.
This group is open to everyone.

Bovington - Memorial Hall Activities 2019

Bovington - Matilda's Coffee Shop

 Cooked breakfasts served and a variety of hot and cold food choices on the menu board
Matilda's is located beside the Memorial hall,
King George V Road, Bovington.

Your Mobile phone - Cybercrime and Smishing

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Smishing -- using smart phone texts to phish for victims' confidential information -- is soaring, and it's more dangerous than email phishing.

Phishing, the scam that involves tricking people into giving away confidential information, is surging via text messaging, posing a greater than ever risk of identity theft.
The reason? People trust text messages more than they do email, so they're more likely to fall for the scam.

This type of phishing, better known as "smishing," has been around for years but because consumers have wised-up to email tricks and, in fact, are using email less and less for simple messages, scammers have switched their focus to SMS texts to target their victims.
The text usually contains a link that downloads malware, which steals as much data as it can find. And therein lies the threat:
Your smartphone knows a lot more about you than your PC, so an installed piece of malware might steal the phone numbers in your contact list and spread the virus.
Even important bits of personal data, like banking credentials or your tracking location, can be at risk.
Scammers are also using texts to pose as tax authorities, not just in the US but also in the UK and Canada. The tactic creates a false sense of realism because many people don't realize that text messages can be a threat. They say that the user is due a tax refund or needs to provide more information," she explains. Basically, they try to get users' information, and that can be used for stealing their money.
Research suggests as many as one in three smartphone users had been targeted by a smishing attempt in just six months last year, although the actual number is likely to be higher since most people don't report scam attempts.

What to Do
The best thing you can do to avoid falling victim is to never click on a link inside a text message.
Certainly, you should never respond to a request for a password or other confidential information. Instead, visit the real website of the organization that seems to be asking and check if it's a genuine request.
You should also use extreme caution even if the message asks you to send the word "Stop" to stop receiving messages, as many do, unless you're 100% sure that it's genuine.
Sending a "Stop" message may not land you in immediate trouble but it signals to a phishing scammer that there's a bite on the line.
In fact, for the same reason, you should never reply to text messages from someone you don't know. It simply opens the door for an onslaught of spam.
Block the sender if you can. But otherwise, just delete the message.
And don't share your cell phone number on social media.
In addition, it's wise to install an anti-malware app on your phone.
To learn more about smishing, and cybercrime prevention see www.getsafeonline.org
For further advice or if you believe that you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime contact
Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or www.actionfraud.police.uk

Based on an article from:  www.scambusters.org

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Army Basing Programme Spring 19

Please CLICK HERE to read

Bovington Garrison - Service Families Housing Drop In Session Thur 2 May

Contact 01929 402239 to make an
appointment time if necessary

How To Register a Long Term Relationship In The Armed Forces

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BFPO Service Delays – Brize Norton

The non-delivery of 350 mailbags destined for Cyprus, Op TORAL, Op TOSCA, Op SHADER, Op KIPION and HMS DUNCAN. The delay has been caused by the closure of a hangar at RAF Brize Norton in which the mail was stored.

Despatches Affected:

OP KIPION (BFPOs 639, 779 & 767)

OP TORAL (BFPO 798,711,757,759,762 & 764)

CYPRUS (BFPOs 53, 57, 58 & 59)


OP SHADER (BFPO 550, 625, 627, 649, 660 & 684)


• BFPO is disappointed that it has not yet been possible to deliver a number of mail despatches, destined for customers in Cyprus, Op TORAL, Op TOSCA, Op SHADER, Op KIPION and HMS Duncan earlier this month.

• The delay has been caused by the closure of a hangar at RAF Brize Norton; this was due to unforeseen circumstances and Business Continuity Plans are now in place. It is estimated that this issue affected items received at BFPO between 27 March 2019 and 5 April 2019.

• Until the outcome of this issue is known, BFPO is unable to accept any compensation claims for loss or damage to items at this time.

• Should these items be damaged or destroyed, customers will be able to submit claims and BFPO will issue further advice when an outcome is known.

• Customers affected are advised to retain proof of purchase/invoices and posting to support any claim, should this be required.

• BFPO, and the MOD, takes the welfare of our Armed Forces extremely seriously. We remain committed to ensuring that those deployed on operations can keep in touch with their families and friends.

REMINDER - Bovington & Lulworth Garrison Health & Wellbeing Fair - Wed 24 April