Tip leads to charge

A 55-year-old Parry Sound woman faces an impaired driving charge after being stopped in Severn Township Wednesday night.

Just after 9:30 p.m., a member of the public alerted Orillia OPP he had been following a driver who might have been impaired. Officers soon located the vehicle on Highway 11 South near Soules Road and arrested the driver following a short investigation.

Angelique Lamondin was released on a promise to appear in Orillia court Oct. 11.

Brechin bridge to be closed for repairs

The Lakeshore Road bridge, located at 1202 Ramara Rd. 47 in Brechin, crossing the Trent-Severn Waterway on the eastern shore of Lake Simcoe near Beaverton, will be temporarily closed on a daily basis between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Sept. 26 to 30.

The closure is required to facilitate the re-decking of the bridge surface.

An alternative route across the Trent-Severn Waterway can be accessed via Ramara Road 47 to Concession Road A, Concession Road A to Highway 12, Highway 12 to Concession Road 9, and Concession Road 9 to Ramara Road 47.

‘Front desk scam’ targets hotel guests

The OPP is warning hotel guests of yet another scam that is making its way around and involves an issue with credit cards.

The “font desk scam” is a form of phishing, where the caller will try to obtain valuable credit card information, stating they are calling from the front desk of the hotel the victim is staying at and needs to confirm details specific to that person’s credit card. In many cases, what the caller is looking for is a confirmation of the credit card number and the three-digit security code on the back of the card. If this information is provided, it can allow for a credit card to be made, which could be used for fraudulent purchases.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) was contacted and is aware of the scam. The OPP and the CAFC suggest anyone who receives such a call not provide any credit card details over the phone, but rather attend the hotel front desk to deal with the matter. The scam is sneaky in that the scammers call the hotel and asks to be put through to a person’s room, or they use an existing automated system in the hotel where they connect directly with the hotel guest in an attempt to play out the scam. Often, guests are caught off guard and comply with the scammer as they imply there is an issue involving credit card information.

The OPP is using this incident to remind members of the public to never give out credit card information over the phone, ask for the name of someone they can speak to and, if they are staying in a hotel and receive such a call, tell the caller they will go to the front desk in person to deal with the problem. If it turns out there is not a problem with the credit card, inform the hotel manager and contact to the CAFC by visiting its website or calling 888-495-8501 to report the incident.