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Alert issued over business receipt scam

Businesses in the area should be on the lookout for an advertising scam.

The Starbuck Police Department took several reports today, Thursday, of an individual in the area who has already attempted to scam several businesses in Pope County and other counties in Minnesota, according to a crime alert issued by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The suspect's name is Ethan Kogutkiewicz, who is described as white, with dark hair, about 6'2" - 6'3" in height and weighing about 200-220 pounds. He is driving a silver Buick Lucerne. According to the bureau, he's been presenting a business card that claims he works for EK Tapes.

Authorities say that Kogutkiewicz is going around to businesses trying to sell advertising by offerering to put coupons on the back of business receipts. He states that it only costs $25 per month or $300 a year, and then if you sign up and write him a check, he skips town, according to the bureau. 

Businesses that are contacted by Kogutkiewicz should call 911 or their local law enforcement agency.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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