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A PHONEY police officer is targeting shops in Kidderminster in a bid to try to obtain credit card details.

Police today warned shop staff in the town to be on their guard after staff at florists received a telephone call from what they thought was Kidderminster police.

Staff gave details of a recent transaction but then became suspicious.

A spokesman for West Mercia Police said: "It would be very unusual for a police officer to ask for details of credit cards over the phone, and if they did, their identity could be easily checked by calling back. People should ring back on the switchboard number of 08457 444888 rather than any direct line number the officer may give.

"Police officers would usually make these type of calls in person."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Dec 22, 2006
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