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Daily Star - - EBAY FAKE COP IDS - [email protected]

ANY­ONE can buy fake po­lice iden­tity doc­u­ments for just £10 on­line.

The phoney IDs are hard to dis­tin­guish from the real thing – and can be cus­tomised with any­one’s photo.

Po­lice of­fi­cers carry war­rant cards to prove who they are, but it is feared that crooks could use the fakes to take ad­van­tage of vul­ner­a­ble home­own­ers dur­ing the Christ­mas pe­riod.

Ac­cord­ing to the ad­vert on eBay, 15 have al­ready been sold.

One Metropoli­tan Po­lice of­fi­cer, who was speak­ing out anony­mously, said: “Any­one can buy the cards and the pub­lic don’t know what the real ones look like – so it can be dif­fi­cult to know that they are fake.

“Tourists can also fall vic­tim, as they don’t want to get in trou­ble abroad.”

An Ac­tion Fraud spokesman said: “Be­fore let­ting any­one into your home who claims to be from any law en­force­ment agency, ask to see their iden­tity card and check it by call­ing 101. Po­lice never re­quest that you trans­fer money to them.”

The fakes be­ing sold on eBay were said to be lack­ing the word “Metropoli­tan” above “Po­lice” at the top.

They were also lack­ing a crest on the right side and braille mark­ings.

MIS­TAKEN IDEN­TITY: Phoney doc­u­ment

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