An SMS message from a potential buyer asking you to respond on email could be a scam. Legitimate buyers and sellers are unlikely to want to be emailed if they are contacting you via your phone. If you receive an SMS asking you to respond on email we recommend you stop communicating with this person immediately and notify the Gumtree team.
The messages will look and sound similar to the following examples:
"Hello mate, I saw your listing on Gumtree and can you let me know if still on sale... email@example.com"
"Hello, I saw your ad on Gumtree. I'm ready to offer you 20,000AUD for the vehicle. For quick response, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org Smith"
The messages may have a name in the title or may be from an overseas phone number. Some will even look like a local number with a +614 area code; these are sent via online SMS service providers like ‘SMS craze’.
The name may even show up on your mobile as "Gumtree" and be worded as if we were sending the message on behalf of the buyer.
These scammers want to communicate with you over email so they can open up their word document and Google translator to copy and paste their pre-prepared scripts.
They may also offer to give you more money than your asking price if you remove the ad right away.
Gumtree is designed for local, face-to-face trading. We encourage our community to follow the Gumtree usage guidelines;
- Always meet in person
- Never send money to anyone you don’t know
- And if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!