Records for March 16
This is the records summary for March 16.
Sheriff warns of scam attempts in Meeker County
LITCHFIELD — A recent report of the attempted scamming of an 85-year-old Meeker County resident has County Sheriff Jeff Norlin reminding citizens to be aware of scam attempts.
The elderly are often the target of such attempts, but anyone can be a victim. The Sheriff’s Office would like to caution residents not to give out any personal information or send money to anyone who contacts you without thoroughly checking them out. If you suspect fraud, call law enforcement.
Or for more information on how to not be a victim of a scam you can go to the Meeker County website and click on departments, then Sheriff, then Investigations and scroll down to Common Scams.
The senior citizen did the right thing when scammers repeatedly attempted to get her information, she hung up the phone, Norlin said in a news release. The woman had received calls asking her to verify her bank account information, telling her she had won a million dollars and a new car and that she had won the Publishers Clearing House and that they needed her bank account number to transfer the money to her.
There are as many types of scam attempts as there are ways to communicate these days, from the phone, to email, to social media, in person, and even the mail. There are as many variations on the scam attempt as there are scams. All scams either want your money or private information to take your money, Norlin says.
Citizens should be wary of high-pressure sales tactics, callers who insist on immediate decisions, offers that are too good to be true, requests for bank account or credit card numbers, offers of something that is “free” and investments that are without risk and unwillingness to provide written information or references or unresponsiveness to questions or objects. Finally, be wary of telemarketers who are not registered with the Better Business Bureau or another bona fide source.
Icy glazing blamed in traffic mishaps
WILLMAR — An early morning glazing of ice is blamed for vehicle mishaps Friday in the Willmar area, but no injuries were reported.
Kandiyohi County sheriff’s officers responded to a vehicle in the ditch at 6:08 a.m. The driver reported losing control on an icy road and landing in the ditch north of Kandiyohi at the intersection of County Road 8 and 15th Avenue.
Officers also responded to a report of a vehicle leaving the road near the intersection of County Road 5 Southwest and 127th Avenue Southwest at 7:18 a.m.
The icy conditions were also blamed for a vehicle sliding into another and causing minor damage in a parking lot at 11:42 a.m. on the 300 block of Fourth Street Southwest in Willmar.
WILLMAR — A resident on the 2400 block of U.S. Highway 12 East, Willmar, reported on Friday that a 32-inch Sharp, flat-screen TV was stolen and a window screen was damaged.
Police also received a report Thursday of a theft and burglary to a storage unit on the 4900 block of U.S. Highway 12 West, Willmar.
Andrew Ramirez, Litchfield; Veronica Roberts, Litchfield
Nathan George Mosterd, Holland, Mich.; Kelsey Ann Anderson, Hull, Iowa
Adam Paul Dingmann, Belgrade; Tanya Le Storms, Belgrade