Sheriff's news: Otter Tail County resident scammed for $8,000

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Otter Tail County sheriff's deputies reported that a county resident who lives near Highway 35 in central Otter Tail County fell victim to a scam pitch. He likely lost close to $8,000.

The man called the sheriff’s office Sept. 25. He had been on the phone, adding that callers claiming to be Amazon representatives said they needed access to his computer in order to clear up an accidental Amazon transaction.

The resident, unfortunately, followed their instructions and signed into a website allowing illegal access to his computer.

Authorities warn county residents to never fall for a scam in which you click on an illegal link which, in turn, takes your data and steers it toward a fraudster’s digital device. This results in the loss of key personal financial information which paves the way for financial fraud.

Mailbox vandalism reported

Several mailboxes on Highway 57, south of Vining, were vandalized. These incidents were reported to the sheriff’s office on Sept. 25.


The mailboxes were hit intentionally, according to sheriff deputies. An investigation was continuing as of Sept. 28.

Cigarette butts spark fire

Two flower pots used to extinguish cigarettes caught fire when sparks connected with garbage. This, in turn, spread to a nearby building.

Siding was burned and replacement was estimated at close to $500.

The fire was at a business just south of Battle Lake early in the afternoon on Sept. 26.

Pumpkin money box broken into, money stolen

Thieves broke into a pumpkin money box and stole money near Highway 210 in south-central Otter Tail County.

Close to $100 was taken sometime between 3 p.m. oSept. 25 and 7 p.m. Sept. 26, according to sheriff deputies. Suspects cut a lock on the pumpkin money box.

An investigation was continuing as of Sept. 28.

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