ESSEX residents are being warned about fake emails claiming to be from Royal Mail.

Essex Police have issued a warning about criminals sending fake emails claiming a parcel is awaiting delivery for which a "shipping cost" must first be paid.

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Warning - a screen shot of the scam email 

A spokesman from the force tweeted: "Always take five and avoid clicking on any links as they can lead to fake websites.

"Access the Royal Mail site directly to verify requests."