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Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014

Around the Army: Beware of fake SmartDocs email

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Recently some myPay users received a fake e-mail asking for the answers to myPay security questions. You should NEVER share the answers to your myPay security questions with anyone. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service, myPay, or SmartDocs will never ask you for this information. By sharing the answers to your myPay security questions you may allow someone to access your myPay account.

What should I do if I responded to this e-mail request?

The fake SmartDocs e-mails came from smartdocs@dfas-mil.org and smartdocs@dfas.mil.org. If you responded to this e-mail request with the answers to your myPay security questions, please log into myPay and change your security questions immediately.

What should I do if I received one of these e-mails but did not respond? Delete the message immediately. Again — do NOT respond to the request for information.

How can I tell if an e-mail I received from SmartDocs is legitimate?

• The official SmartDocs e-mail address is SmartDocs@dfas.mil. • SmartDocs will never ask you to directly respond to an e-mail. • If provided a link to SmartDocs or myPay sites, use your mouse to hover over the link. The text that appears should show mypay.dfas.mil, and match the link in the email.

DOD removes 20 areas from imminent danger pay

The Department of Defense has removed 20 areas from its list of locations that qualify for imminent danger pay starting June 1, in a move that is expected to affect approximately 50,000 service members.

DOD officials announced in January that service members in the 20 areas would no longer receive the additional imminent danger rate of $225 per month.

As of June 1, the following areas are no longer eligible for imminent danger pay: • The nine land areas of East Timor, Haiti, Liberia, Oman, Rwanda, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

• The six land areas and airspace above Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, and Montenegro.

• The four water areas of the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman and the Red Sea.

• The water area and air space above the Arabian Gulf.

Imminent danger pay, or IDP, will remain in effect for Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen and Egypt within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

The decision, which was made after a periodic review and re-certification process, is expected to save approximately $9 million a month, or $108 million a year, said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, Defense Department spokesman, in an email.

“The re-certification process began in July 2011, and included an in-depth threat assessment from each combatant command for countries within their area of responsibility,” Christensen said. “Following the review, it was determined that the imminent threat of physical harm to members has been significantly reduced in many areas. As a result, IDP will be discontinued in those areas.”

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