Gumtree Scam Security Centre


Keeping our community safe is our number one priority at Gumtree. While most community members have a positive experience, on occasion scammers do target Gumtree.

We’ve now launched the Gumtree Scam Security Centre to help our users stay safe online. The site provides hints and tips, details about emerging threats, overviews of different types of scams and policies and guidelines for using Gumtree.

As Gumtree is a community site, we encourage users to use the ‘Report ad’ function when they come across listings that breaks our policies and guidelines. This function is available via the Gumtree Scam Security Centre, as well as each on each listing.


  • When buying or selling, you should always meet in-person to see the item and exchange money or make a payment via PayPal
  • Always inspect the item before agreeing to a sale
  • Never send or wire money to anyone you don’t know
  • Always use common sense. If it looks too good to be true it probably is!

For more information on our top safety tips visit the Scam Security Centre.

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