Beaverton Police Department: November is a Month to be Cautious

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QUIZ QUESTION: What famous statesman said “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning”? Answer at the end of this article.

November is full of notable events, activities, and proclamations from an historical standpoint.

Don’t believe everything you read.

In 1948 the Chicago Tribune newspaper ran this banner across their morning edition on November 3rd: “Dewey Defeats Truman”. As most of us are aware quite the opposite occurred. There were many red faces that morning not the least of which was the Tribunes managing editor.

There are a handful of takeaways from this but from a police prospective – don’t believe everything you read in the paper or online. Countless people have been duped by desperados claiming to be war veterans needing money to Craigs List advertisers trying to sell you something that is stolen or luring you to a secluded area to rob you of the money you brought to purchase that something. There is nothing wrong, in this day and age, of being a little bit paranoid. If you have any misgivings, small or large, don’t offer up the money. Even when you do, get ID, note license plate of seller, take picture of person you’re doing business with and don’t go alone.

Shred Sensitive Documents

November 14th is National Clean out your refrigerator day. Don’t stop there, make it a general clean-up day where you get rid of all those papers that you have collected that you don’t need but have identifying information on them that need to be disposed of carefully.

Most reputable online sites don’t recommend keeping any sensitive documents past seven years. The vast majority of documents can be destroyed after three years. The key here is to securely shred them with your own crosscut machine or take them to a “safe” shredding event and let someone else do it. Always check with your tax person or financial advisor before getting rid of important papers.

Veterans Day is November 11th, first observed as the day a ceasefire agreement was signed that led to the end of World War 1 in 1918. It continues to be the day we honor our current and past veterans for their service and sacrifice.

Beware of Scams

Even though our veterans span the broad spectrum of ages, we seem to focus our time and attention on those veterans who have reached retirement age. If you have relatives, friends or neighbors who have reached those golden retirement years keep an eye and ear out for indications that they may be being scammed.

The most common types of scams outside true identity theft are: Winning a prize but needing to pay some costs up front. Helping a person from another country deposit money in the U.S. in exchange for receiving a fee. Paying bail money for a relative who a stranger claims is in jail. Paying a delinquent phony tax bill to a person who calls you on the phone.

QUIZ ANSWER: The author of the statement made in paragraph one was British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on November 10, 1942.