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Issue #668: July 27, 2016
A Message from Chief Knight
River City Days

July 29 – 31


 
Come visit our police department booth at River City Days! We will be there from 4PM to 10 PM on Friday, 10 AM to 10 PM on Saturday, and noon to 5 PM on Sunday.

The giant slide will be there again this year which is a fundraiser for our youth police explorer program and is fun for all ages!

We will again be selling bike helmets for $10 and will fit them to you and/or your children. These helmets retail for $22.95, but we sell them at cost to encourage people to be safe!

On Sunday, we will have inflatables and a bouncy house set up before the kiddie parade,  and will also be selling pop and water. Please come and support these events as the proceeds go to our Police Explorer Program.

Watch for CPD in the River City parade at 1:00 PM, on Sunday afternoon, as we celebrate 125 years of service to the City of Chaska.


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Pokemon GO Players Fall for Phishing Con
                                 
The sudden success of Pokémon GO has scammers cooking up ways to cash in on the app's popularity. The latest is a phishing email that fools victims into thinking they need to pay for the game.
How the Scam Works:
You receive an email addressed to Pokémon GO players. The message reads: "due to the overwhelming response to our new Pokémon GO app and the need for more powerful servers we can no longer afford to keep your account as free." The developers are now charging $12.99 a month, and your account will be frozen if you don't upgrade.
 
The email urges you to click a link, log in to the app store and purchase the "full version." Don't do it! The log-in form isn't run by an official app store or Ninatic Labs, the game's developers. It's on a third party site, and it is a way to steal users' passwords.
 
Unfortunately, this is not the only Pokémon GO scam out there. Before the app launched, scammers lured victims with the promise of getting early beta test access to the game. Then, a fake version of the game appeared in some app stores. As long as the app stays popular, scammers will devise new ways to fool players.
How to Spot a Phishing Scam:
  • Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments. Do not click on links or open files in unfamiliar emails.
  • Check the reply email address. One easy way to spot an email scam is to look at the reply email. The address should be on a company domain, such as jsmith@company.com.
  • Don't believe what you see. Just because an email looks real, doesn't mean it is. Scammers can fake anything from a company logo to the "Sent" email address.
  • Consider how the organization normally contacts you. If an organization normally reaches you by mail, be suspicious if you suddenly start receiving emails or text messages without ever opting in to the new communications.
Be cautious of generic emails. Scammers try to cast a wide net by including little or no specific information in their fake emails. Be especially wary of messages you have not subscribed to or companies you have never done business with in the past.


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Chaska Officers issued 34 Citations and 22 Warnings during this reporting period.
There were 226 calls for service.
DWI:
Officer Pesheck stopped a vehicle for speed in the area of Pioneer Trail and Clover Ridge Drive.  The male driver was intoxicated and failed field sobriety evaluations.  He was arrested and submitted to a breath test.  The result was a .14 BAC and he was charged with DWI.

Disturbances:
A burglary was reported at a residence in Chaska.  Items were stolen from inside the home.   Investigation continues.
 
Notables:

Toilet Humor
Can’t spare a square…(“Seinfeld” The Stall – TV Episode 1994)

Police responded to a residence for a dispute between roommates.  The roommates were arguing over toilet paper use.  One female roommate was upset with the other, because she thought the roommate used her toilet paper.  The parties were advised and separated.
 
Not my ideal “hang-out” spot….

An officer discovered a male sleeping in a porta-potty.  The male claimed he was just “hanging out”.  The male was advised to go home. 


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