It's getting to the point where you can set your watch by the appearance of another Western Colorado phone scam. It's been two weeks, so it's time for a new one. This time, though, the scam comes with an interesting little twist.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office has received reports of a scam where someone claiming to be a deputy calls and threatens to arrest you if you don't pay off a loan. What kind of loan? Loan Shark? Car payment? The five bucks you borrowed for lunch? Since when do loans justify an arrest?

This particular scam comes complete with a fascinating plot twist: the phone number appearing on the Caller ID does in fact belong to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. As Mr. Spock would say, "Fascinating." As John Lennon would say, "Most peculiar, Mama."

Via their Facebook page, the Mesa County Sheriff's Office reminds you "We are NOT and would NEVER call you and demand payment under threat of arrest."

Keep your eyes and ears open. This is one of many scams hitting the valley this year. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office reminds you never to share your information or make payment to someone due to pressure from a caller.

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