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Credit card fraud scam warning
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Russell County OPP warns residents to be wary if they get a phone call fromsomeone claiming to represent a credit card com- pany. Police have received one call from a homeowner saying someone claiming to be a VISA official phoned.The caller addressed the homeowner by name and recited the first four digits of her credit card then asked her to confirm the remaining numbers on the card and also the expiry date and security numbers. The homeowner refused to do so and hung up, then reported the incident. Con artists all know that the first four number of VISA cards are the same but rely on cardholders not to know this fact. Police warn residents not to give out any personal or financial identity information over the phone, through email, or in person to anyone who cannot provide proper identification to support their claim to represent a company or agency. Report all suspicious calls to the police, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at its toll-
free number 1-888-495-8501, and also to the credit card companies so they are aware of the scam attempt. 911 assault call Police answered an early-morning 911 call Nov. 18 and attended at a residence in Russell County where a father and son were fighting each other. Both individuals had been drinking before the fight began. The father was taken to hospital for treatment of facial injuries. The son fled the scene but was later located and arrested for aggravated assault.The name of the accused is withheld to protect the victim. Impaired driver KimMuller, 41, of Gatineau, QC, is char- ged with impaired driving and driving with a blood-alcohol level exceeding 80 milli- grams. The charge resulted from a Nov. 21 OPP checkstop at the intersection of County Road 17 and Carmen Bergeron Street in Rockland. Muller is scheduled for the Dec. 16 provincial court session in L’Orignal.
Russell County OPP has some advice for drivers this Yuletide season. Better not be naughty and drive while drunk or there will be a not-very-nice provincial court date on the holiday schedule. The annual police Festive R.I.D.E. pro- gram is now in effect, starting Nov. 23, and running until Jan. 2 next year. The focus of the program is on getting drunk drivers off the road during the holiday season and reducing the chances of serious or fatal traffic accidents on local highways and byways. The Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) will see policeman- ning special checkstops throughout Rus- sell County and elsewhere in the province. While impaired driving is the primary
focus of the R.I.D.E., police will also be checking for seatbelt compliance, dealing with any distracted driving incidents and, where necessary, checking for any vehicle maintenance defects that might increase the risk of an accident.That includes hea- dlights and taillights which do not work and faulty windshield wipers. Anyone driving while impaired by smo- kingmarijuana or taking some other type of drug will also be on the police watch list during the Festive R.I.D.E. The OPP has officers with special training in drug use recognition and will bemaking use of a series of special sobriety tests on-site to determine if someone may be impaired from marijuana, hashish, or some other drug.
Domestic assault case A 42-year-old Wendover man faces charges of spousal assault and forcible confinement following police investigation of an incident in the village on Nov. 18. Police received a report about a woman forced to flee to a neighbour’s home to escape a domestic dispute situation which was escalating. The OPP incident report states that the complainant and her partner were involved in an argument and at one point, the woman became concerned for her own safety. But when she tried to call the police, her partner took the phone away from her and prevented her from leaving the residence by blocking the doorway. The woman managed to get away in the end and ran to a neighbour’s place to call police. The accused is now scheduled for provincial court Dec. 9 - Gregg Chamberlain
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