FRAUDSTERS and con artists are reportedly trying to scam the elderly and vulnerable.

The borough council warned people to beware of anyone knocking on their door claiming to be from the council or organisations like the Red Cross and NHS. They offer to do people's shopping, take money for it and never return.

Some are claiming to be delivering food parcels to the over-70s and have been calling residents asking for their personal details. There have been reports of traders offering to spray paths and front doors to get rid of bacteria.

The council and other organisations do not cold call at the door offering support.

A council spokesman said: "We have special support measures in place to help residents and businesses during this difficult time, and we will never turn up unannounced at peoples’ homes and ask for money or to offer any services.

"We would ask people to beware of loan sharks operating at this time. Anyone lending money should have the correct permission from the Financial Conduct Authority.

"Check if a company is authorised to lend money at If visited by people from other organisations, ask for identification.

To urgently report suspicious activity, call Wiltshire Police on 999 or report the matter to Trading Standards on 01793 466155.