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Posted: December 15, 2010 - 10:13pm

Sheriff Dahl warns of scams and frauds

Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl is reminding resident about scams and frauds being perpetrated in the area.

The sheriff's department continues to see reports of e-mails and phone calls to the senior population reporting their grandchild is in jail and needs funds wired to them. If you received one of these calls, please contact the sheriffs office at (218) 829-4749 if you have concerns about its legitimacy.

Also, Christmas time is the most popular time of the year for secret shopper scams. These scams involve fake cashiers checks being sent to unsuspecting victims and their money is sent out by wire or money-gram in return. The victims believe they are being employed as secret shoppers for Walmart.

A recent complaint found that legitimate homes for sale are being copied from real estate agencies' websites and placed on Craigslist for rent. In these cases, funds are requested to be sent out of the country.

In a news release Dahl said it was regrettable that law enforcement can do little or nothing to investigate these cases once the funds leave the country; anytime funds are sent by money gram or western union, they are virtually untraceable. The best prevention, Dahl said, is talking with friends and relatives who may become victims in these cases.

YMCA swim lessons

The Brainerd Family YMCA next swim lesson session is coming soon. The lesson schedule is available at the YMCA and on the web at brainerdlakesymca.org. The session begins the week of Jan. 3 and meets once a week for six weeks. YMCA Members can begin registering for classes Tuesday. Community Members can begin on Dec. 23. Contact the Brainerd Family YMCA at 829-4767 or stop by at 602 Oak Street in Brainerd to register.