Monday, September 2, 2013

Another regional scam out there, snake infestation

The Daily Journal (San Mateo), Staff, 8/31/13.  "Snake scam strikes again."

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Two residences in Belmont were burglarized Thursday by suspects impersonating animal control officers dealing with a “snake infestation.” One of the suspects is the same female who has struck in several Bay Area cities, including San Mateo, Burlingame, Hillsborough, Millbrae, Fremont and Union City, according to Belmont police.

Police nor the Peninsula Humane Society are investigating any infestations of snakes or snake-related problems in Burlingame and San Mateo. Fremont animal control officials also report that they are not looking for any loose snakes or handling snake-related problems in the city. 

Animal control officers and police officers are required to carry with them governmental photo identification cards. Police are advising residents to ask to see photo identification of a person claiming to be an officer. Beware of solicitors at your door, as this is a common ruse to see if anyone is home, according to police.  Residents who see suspicious activity are being urged to contact police immediately.  Read more.

Related - Garter snake information, "Garter snake species found in California."

Note:  Photograph from Animals of Western New York, Eastern Garter Snake. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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