Request for Dog Treats to be sent out to Afghanistan for Christmas - Facebook Rumour

27 Nov 2011 - Article No: 1441. Filed under: Facebook Scams | Facebook Rumour

Other Keywords: PTE Downer


Army dog handlers working in Afghanistan have a big drive on trying to get people to send dog treats out to them to give the dogs on Christmas Day.
One of the Soldiers is happy to have the parcels sent to him and he will distribute - it would be great if you could send a small parcel of treats (not dog food)
Keep parcels under 2 Kilos and they go FREE from any Post Office. The last posting date to arrive before Christmas is 30th November. Parcels to:

25178756 PTE Downer
Camp Bastion
OP Herrick 15
102 TMWDSU
BFPO 792

Lets not forget the workin furkids on the frontline this crimbletide xxxxxx


It is unclear how this particular message got started, but what is clear is that this is not an official drive to get doggy treats to Afghanistan.
This may have turned into a small operation involving close friends and family that - due to the nature of social networking - inadvertantly became viral.

Contacting the BFPO (British Forces Postal Servce) has given us the following response, in part -


...it has been highlighted from a number of sources and we are working with Royal Mail to stem the flow [of the message] if possible

and


Once the personal address of an individual is released in this way it is very difficult to retract it and put a stop to it and individuals usually regret it afterwards.

Additionally the "Help for Heros" added this to their Facebook page -


It started with a soldier that sent the request to his parents and they passed it onto his friends who put it on the net and it went viral!..1) the postal system will be blocked with all parcels and 2) it is a security breech. Please be aware if you are contacted about this. Thank you :)


So even though the address may be real, it is not recommended to circulate this message. This is not an official drive for dog treats. Additionally worth noting is that the assertion that packages under 2 kilos go free are baseless.

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