POLICE are urging residents to remain vigilant after criminals started to use the NHS Covid pass as a way to target the public.

The Action Fraud unit say that fraudsters are using the pass to convince people to hand over money, financial details and personal information.

The criminals are sending text messages, emails and phone calls, pretending to be from the NHS, and offering fake vaccine certificates for sale online and through social media.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “If you receive a call and suspect it to be fraudulent, hang up.

“If you are suspicious about an email, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk.

“If you are suspicious about a text message, forward it to the number 7726, which is free-of-charge.

“If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by visiting actionfraud.police.uk or calling 0300 123 2040.

“If you have any information relating to NHS Covid pass or vaccine certificate fraud you can stay 100 per cent anonymous by contacting Crimestoppers online at covidfraudhotline.org or phone on 0800 587 5030.”