By Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent

Sheriff deputies reported that a couple from the town of Ottertail lost $8,000 after becoming victims of a scam.

A call came in at a residence with the caller saying he represented a foundation and that the Ottertail couple had won a large financial prize. 

The caller said that, in order to first pay taxes before the prize would be submitted, the couple needed to send money to three different locations. They did so and then tried to call the foundation rep, but the call would not go through.

The couple then called sheriff deputies on April 3. In turn, the couple was advised to speak with representatives at their bank. It was not known as of April 5 if any of the $8,000 could be recovered.

County residents are again advised by sheriff deputies to beware of information provided by callers that seems too good to be true. Most often, only bad things happen, they warn.

Illegal dumping reported

Illegal dumping of materials was reported on April 4 at the intersection of Highways 15 and 112 in Western Township, in the extreme southwestern section of Otter Tail County.

There were no immediate suspects.

Many illegal dumpers don’t get caught. But some do, and the offense in Minnesota is a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1,000.