Police are warning residents to be wary of a scam -- falsely portrayed as an email from the town of Westport -- designed to steal credit-card data.

The First Selectman's office reported to police last week that a resident had called to inquire about an email, supposedly sent from the town, asking that he update his credit-card information to facilitate online payments to the town.

After checking, officials confirmed that the email had not been sent by any arm of town government and appeared to be an attempt to illegally obtain credit-card information from recipients -- a practice commonly referred to as "phishing."

Police are trying to track down the origins of the email.

Meanwhile, officials remind residents the town has a policy never to request financial or personal information in unsolicited emails. Residents who may receive such requests should contact the agency or business supposedly seeking that data to confirm the validity before responding to the email.

More information about phishing scams can be found here: www.onguardonline.gov/phishing.

Anyone who receivs a similar email should contact the Police Department at 203-341-6000.