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Beware of jury duty pay or else scams

Scammers, always looking for ways to steal money from law-abiding citizens, are making fraudulent phone calls related to jury duty. If you are called by someone who says there is a warrant for your arrest related to missed jury duty, do not make ...

Scammers, always looking for ways to steal money from law-abiding citizens, are making fraudulent phone calls related to jury duty. If you are called by someone who says there is a warrant for your arrest related to missed jury duty, do not make payments to them. Instead, call the Otter Tail County sheriff office at (218) 998-8555. Keep in mind that members of the public are never contacted by phone or email for jury service. Prospective jurors first receive an official court mailing. If you get a call about jury service, this likely is a scammer. Do not provide any personal information over the phone. The fraudulent caller may also try and identify himself or herself as an officer with law enforcement or the U.S. Marshals Service. They may try to instruct you to purchase prepaid debit cards at grocery stores and then read the card numbers over the phone to pay fines and avoid arrest. This is a scam attempt. "Remember that as a prospective juror you would first receive a letter in the mail," says County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke. "A phone call related to jury duty should raise a red flag. Hang up and call us here in the sheriff office."

Vandalism in Deer Creek

Possible thieves tried to break into the press box at the Deer Creek baseball field, causing damage to the door. Entry was not made and nothing was taken. The incident was reported to sheriff deputies on Sept. 10. Shoe prints were photographed, with sizes of 12 and 10.5 shoe size.

Thefts reported

The sheriff office reported two thefts during its daily press briefing on Friday, Sept. 14.

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The theft of a portable toilet, mounted to a 6-by-8-foot trailer and valued at $4,000, was stolen from a property owner at Wall Lake, east of Fergus Falls.

Owner of the portable toilet, a Satellite brand, called the sheriff office on Sept. 13.

A resident of Dalton, in southwestern Otter Tail County, called the sheriff office on Sept. 13 and reported the theft of tools and other items from a work van.

Also taken from the van were printer and scanner parts as well as miscellaneous computer parts.

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