Otter Tail sheriff's news: Money taken in dog scam

Barn burns near Perham.

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Sheriff deputies reported that residents of Buchanan Lake, northeast of the town of Ottertail, were scammed out of $900 while attempting to purchase a dog.

Authorities said a husband and wife forwarded the money on Wednesday, Sept. 2, to a cash app for an online dog purchase.

Internet scammers can deceive would-be buyers of dogs and other pets by using readily available online photos or by using stolen photos of other people’s pets. They will attempt to sound reputable by saying they will send the pet to someone who, for example, has a fenced yard.

Scammers are likely to start talking money immediately. Legitimate sources, on the other hand, will always take time and diligence to make sure the dog or other pet you are choosing is a good fit for your family.

Fire destroys barn

A barn north of Perham. close to 520th Street near the Becker County line, was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours of Thursday, Sept. 3.


The barn was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The only items that were in the barn were about eight hay bales and a table saw.

A large lightning storm had recently passed through this area north of Perham.

Tools stolen near Pelican Rapids

Sheriff deputies reported the theft of several tools northeast of Pelican Rapids, near Prairie Lake and close to Highway 59.

The call came into the sheriff’s office at 6:21 p.m. on Sept. 1. The building had been broken into, according to sheriff deputies.

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