Police in Southend are warning residents about a scam which is asking people for money in return for a covid passport.

Scammers are said to be sending out emails using the NHS logo and asking people to buy a certificate which shows proof of their vaccine status.

People are asked to click on a button which takes them to a fake NHS website where they are then asked to make a payment.

A police spokesman said: “When clicking on the link in the email, it takes you to a convincing but fake NHS website and then asks for personal and payment details.

Do not click on this link.

“Your vaccination status is obtained free through either the NHS app, website or by calling the NHS on 119.”

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Police ask residents to ‘take five’ and think twice before clicking on suspicious emails or texts.

The spokesman added: “Remember, it’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests.

“Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.”

Anyone who receives a message via text is asked to report it by forwarding it to 7726 free of charge.

Suspicious telephone/mobile calls can be reported to Action Fraud via its website.