Sheriff deputies reported that a house was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning, July 29. The call came into authorities at 8:11 a.m.

The location was 635th Avenue, southeast of Henning and northeast of Parkers Prairie, near the Otter Tail-Todd County line.

Cause of the fire was unknown. An investigation with the fire marshal was ongoing as of July 30.

Scam reported

A person in Otter Tail County, address not disclosed, became a scam victim on July 29.

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The county resident received a phone call from a person saying she was representing the Drug Enforcement Administration and Social Security office.

Given out by the county resident was her Social Security number. The county resident, realizing she had made a mistake, called the county sheriff office.

Sheriff deputies told the county resident to report the incident to her nearest Social Security office and monitor her bank accounts.

The public should be aware that no DEA agent will ever contact members of the general public by phone to demand money or any other form of payment.

Drug arrest made

One person was arrested on drug charges at 8:13 p.m. on July 29 northwest of Vergas and near the Otter Tail-Becker County line.

The arrest took place near the intersection of Highway 59 and Grace Drive.

Sheriff deputies said the suspect was reportedly involved with sales of meth and heroin, a felony offense. The male was also charged with third degree DWI.

The vehicle was towed from the scene of the arrest.

Fraud reported

Sheriff deputies received a phone call on July 30 from a person staying at a cabin at West Leaf Lake, north of Henning.

The person reported unauthorized debits from her financial account in Bloomington near the Twin Cities. Deputies said she should contact the Bloomington police department or the appropriate jurisdiction for follow up.

There had been three transactions (debits) from the account totaling $5,500.

If this situation ever happens to you, authorities say you should immediately contact your bank or card provider. This holds true if you suspect an unauthorized debit or charge.

If a thief charges items to your account, you should cancel the card and have it replaced before more transactions come through.

The key is to act quickly in order to avoid full liability for unauthorized charges.