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Rural Battle Lake resident falls victim to Craiglist scam

A resident of Twin Lakes Road, north of Battle Lake and northeast of Phelps Mill, was scammed and lost $4,000 due to Craigslist advertising fraud. The incident was reported by the sheriff office on Nov. 21.

The resident was seeking to buy an ATV. In order to obtain the ATV, the resident sent $4,000 worth of gift cards on Nov. 5 and Nov. 6.

"The request to send gift cards should have been a red flag to the county resident," said County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke. "Also, when you are dealing with Craigslist, work with a person in our immediate area."

In this case, the resident should have found the seller of the ATV and made an inspection before making the purchase.

Van Dyke said the investigation is continuing, and there is a possibility the county sheriff's office will be able to track down the thief. However, this is not always guaranteed.

Resident refuses threats during scam attempt

A county resident who resides at Round Lake Drive, north of Ottertail and south of Perham, hung up on a scam artist on Nov. 21 and then called the county sheriff's office.

The resident said the caller threatened to take the county resident to jail if the resident did not agree to send money via Western Union for an unknown account.

"The resident did the right thing by hanging up and contacting our office," said County Sheriff Administrative Assistant Keith Van Dyke. "Scam callers can get nasty and oftentimes are threatening. Residents should use common sense and not take the bait.

Corn dryer fire causes minimal amount of damage

Fire departments in central Otter Tail County responded to a fire call at 11:09 a.m. on Nov. 19 on Highway 78. Smoke was coming from a corn dryer.

There was a mechanical malfunction with a heat manifold. The purpose of the unit is to heat the fuel mixture to assist vaporization when an engine is started. No extensive damage and no injuries were reported.

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