GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office has released a scam alert for a phone number with a 970 area code.

An individual is reportedly sending scam calls claiming to be Mesa County Lieutenant King with the Civil Department. According to the sheriff’s office, the individual is calling from the phone number 970-661-2232, but your caller-id could show a different number. The scammer reportedly left messages for citizens claiming they were attempting to reach them regarding a civil matter.

A statement from the MCSO assures citizens this scammer is not with an official law enforcement or government agency, despite what the voicemail says.

…The voicemail at that number does say Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Civil Division; however, that is not the number of our civil unit, and that is not one of our employees on the voicemail.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will not request anyone to purchase a card, money order, or anything similar over the phone and warn citizens never to provide information to this type of caller. If citizens have any questions, they should call the Sheriff’s Office at 970-242-6707 to report fradulent activity.

Wendy Likes, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer