SOUTHEND environmental health chiefs are warning of a scam in which conmen are "requiring" businesses to close and threatening cash fines. 

In a post on Facebook, the council warned of the scam and urged any busineses targeted to demand identification. All council staff have appropriate ID. 

Bosses also stress officers will never ask for cash. 

A spokesman said: "If you are required to close,you will be issued with a letter or formal enforcement notice."

 

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