POLICE have issued advice to help prevent people becoming victims of doorstep scammers after reports of bogus callers.

The advice has been issued after police were informed of a man approaching the homes of elderly women in Ramsbottom this week.

He is said to have told them he worked for the local authority and offered services in gutter cleaning or window sales.

GMP Bury North said: "Please be vigilant don't open the door to any person you don't know or are not expecting to call on you."

Police also warned residents of scammers "volunteering" to help them get supplies during the coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: "Do not hand over cash on your doorstep to someone you do not know or trust who is "volunteering" to get shopping for you.

"There will be well-meaning people wanting to help but there will be people with no moral scruples, who will take advantage and keep your money.

"If you require assistance to buy food, collect medical supplies or just want to talk; contact the Emergency Community Hub on 0161 253 5353."

The phone line is open seven days a week, from 7am to 7pm.