Two residents in Henning reported scam attempts, both on Aug. 28

One resident said a caller and likely scammer said he represented the Federal Trade Commission. The caller demanded payment but the Henning resident hung up and called the sheriff’s office.

In the other incident, a Henning resident received a call from a person who said he was from the Publisher’s Clearing House. This resident also hung up and called the sheriff’s office.

Authorities say this scam attempt usually starts with a call or letter saying you have won the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. But to collect your prize, the scammers say you need to send money to pay for fees and taxes.

“Don’t fall for something that seems took good to be true,” County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke said.

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Woman injured in Highway 10 crash near Perham

A Deer Creek woman was injured Monday in a T-bone collision on Highway 10 between Perham and New York Mills.

Diane Mae George, 60, of Deer Creek suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. She was not taken to a hospital, according to the State Patrol.

She was eastbound on Highway 10 in a 2013 Hyundai Elantra, which collided with a 2012 Ford pickup that was southbound on Otter Tail County Road 53, and pulled out in front of her to cross Highway 10, according to the State Patrol. The Hyundai struck the rear passenger side of the Ford.

The driver of the Ford, Duane John Hendrickx, 52, of New York Mills was not injured in the accident. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and airbags deployed in both vehicles.

The crash was reported on dry pavement at 4:07 p.m. in Pine Lake Township. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office and New York Mills Police Department assisted at the scene.

-- Forum News Service

Ottertail resident realizes big mistake in revealing Social Security number

A resident of Ottertail called the sheriff’s office on Aug. 27 after realizing a big mistake was made in sharing a Social Security number over the phone.

Deputies told the county resident to monitor financial accounts and seek professional help from bankers and others.

Here is some advice for county residents.

“When a caller asks for your Social Security number, don’t tell them,” County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke said.

Only a few organizations have a legal right to your Social Security number. They include your employer, banks, investment funds, the IRS and government-funded programs such as Worker’s Compensation.

“Avoid the risk of identity theft,” Van Dyke added.

Drug arrest made near Pelican Rapids

Sheriff deputies, at 11:14 a.m. Aug. 29, made a drug arrest northeast of Pelican Rapids, at the intersection of Highway 59 and 450th Street.

The person arrested was later charged with fifth-degree controlled substance possession.

Deputies said the location of the arrest was close to northeast side of Prairie Lake.