South Boston police offer reminder about scams during the holiday season

Police recently received calls from residents targeted by an IRS phone scam

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – A scam in Southside has police reminding people to be vigilant during the holiday season.

The South Boston Police Department has recently received several phone calls from people claiming they've been contacted by the IRS.

They're told they need to pay money or they'll be arrested.

While this is a common scam, the police department says scammers may be more active during the holidays.

That, combined with the bustle of the holiday season, can increase the chance you may fall victim to a scam.

"Everybody's so busy with the holiday season, so you're liable to be thinking a little bit less when you get a call like this or you get an e-mail or something to this effect. The thing is just to be vigilant," said South Boston Police Department Sgt. Randy Redd.

If you think you've been contacted by a scammer or may be the victim of a scam, contact your local law enforcement agency.