Gumtree responds

“The safety and security of our community is our main priority. While the majority of our community members have a positive experience, sometimes bad seeds do target our users. While these incidents occur, we work closely with law enforcement to assist with their investigations

“If you’re selling phones on Gumtree, we recommend following these steps: We are a community site, so we always encourage members to buy and sell locally and to meet in person. For personal ease and safety, arrange to meet in a busy public place and take a friend or family member with you. For added peace of mind, it can be beneficial to ask a buyer to show their personal identification before you hand over any goods for inspection”

“We encourage our community to report any concerning or suspicious ads. We also encourage people to report any suspected unlawful activity to the police.”

Please also see phone buying and selling tips on our Gumtree website here.