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Springtime means walking dogs and more scams

The police activity and calls for service in King City have been steady for this time of year with no significant events occurring.

Picking up after pets

Now that the weather has improved, during my tours of the city I have observed more and more residents walking their dogs. I remind everyone that when walking a dog, you need to respect the property of others by not allowing your dog to do its "toilet business" in yards and flower beds and then neglect to pick up the droppings. A failure is disrespectful to the homeowners and can cause damage to lawns, flowers and other plants.

On top of that, it's a violation of the King City Municipal Code section 6.04.060. The civil violation is punishable by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $150 for the first offense and not less than $150 nor more than $500 for subsequent offenses. So if you are a dog owner and enjoy walking your dog during the nice spring days or evenings, respect your neighbors' property and avoid a fine by picking up after your pet.

Thank you from your police department.

New scams

Just as the spring weather brings forth new blooms, the scammers try out new scams to relieve you of your money.

Recently a resident reported that he had received a phone call from someone purporting to be from the Social Security Administration Medicare office.

The caller stated that there had been some changes in Medicare, and there was a need to review his account. The caller asked for some personal information, including his Social Security number.

The resident was wise to hang up only to be contacted a second time. Remember that the Social Security Administration has all the information it needs already on file, and generally if there is an issue or a necessary change in your account, you will receive a letter.

So be wary of calls from people saying they are from the government agencies such as the Social Security Administration or Medicare. Don't give out any personal information over the phone to unknown callers.

A second scam that has been reported involves the Internet, when a person pretends to be a lovelorn soldier. The "soldier" professes his or her devotion via email in an attempt to develop a romantic relationship that leads to a request for money. The scammers are often from a foreign country with untraceable email addresses.

Once the scammers make a romantic connection, they will ask for money to pay a variety of bills or in some cases even plan a wedding. The money is then routed through several untraceable channels.

The Oregon Attorney General's Office reports that recently a resident of Hillsboro lost more than $750,000 to this type of scam. Residents are advised to always remain skeptical of sudden and anonymous emails regardless how smooth and sincere the Internet person appears to be.

Here are some tips to help avoid being a victim (using information from the Oregon Attorney General's Office):

-- Do not wire money to someone you have not met in person;

-- Be wary of speedy proclamations of love;

-- Be suspicious if you never seem to be able to speak to an actual person or are told they will not receive letters in the mail (service people have either APO or FPO in their address);

-- Do not send money or property to a third party or company, especially in an African country.

Helping someone retire from driving

Often a person will know of a friend or loved one who can no longer drive safely and would like to help them "hang up the keys." This situation is one that often causes much consternation between the parties and in some cases causes a fracturing of a long-time relationship.

If you are experiencing this dilemma there is an alternative. The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles now has an easy process for physicians to help drivers "retire" from driving. There are step-by-step instructions for physicians on how to help a patient who is no longer safe to drive, found at OregonDMV.com. The process outlines how a physician can help patients turn in their licenses and obtain ID cards.

There has been a language change in the surrender of driving privileges, with "no longer competent" removed from the form. Now patients can acknowledge that they are no longer able to safely operate a motor vehicle.

For more information, visit OregonDMV.com or contact Lisa Wallig, DMV medical program coordinator, at 503-945-5295.

You be the judge (or you have to be kidding)

In a neighboring state, a man walked into a store with a shotgun and demanded all the cash in the cash drawer. After the clerk put the cash in a bag, the robber saw a bottle of Scotch that he wanted and told the clerk to put the scotch in the bag, but the clerk refused, stating, "I don't believe you are over 21."

The robber than produced a driver's license and gave it to the clerk; the clerk looked it over, agreed the robber was 21 and put the Scotch in the bag. The robber than ran off. The clerk promptly called the police, giving them the name and address of the robber that he had gotten from the license, and the robber was subsequently arrested.

(By the way, the robber never did get to enjoy the Scotch.)

Until next time, be good, be neighborly and be safe.