Created: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:13:00 MST
Updated: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 10:53:41 MST
GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo.- The Garfield County Sheriff's Office is warning the public of a new twist on an old phone scam.
Garfield County residents are receiving calls from someone claiming to be a deputy with the Garfield County Sheriff's Office.
The caller tells the resident they owe money, and threatens to arrest them within the hour if they don't pay up.
The unfortunate twist to this is the caller users a number that reflects the sheriff's office solidifying an air of legitimacy.
The hope of the scammer is that through intimidation the resident will immediately pay the amount, possibly through a wire transfer.
Garfield County authorities want to remind residents that no officer will contact a citizen telling them to pay an amount immediately, or an arrest warrant will be issued.
Authorities remind the public that if they receive a call under similar circumstances, they are asked to call the sheriff's office, or any legitimate law enforcement office and verify the story by speaking to an official.