POLICE in Edinburgh have probed 93 frauds, three currency offences, a sexual offence and a motor theft linked to Gumtree.
Over the past four years they have mentioned the small-ads website in 291 reports,
Gumtree was mentioned in 1,354 crime reports in Scotland last year — up from just 214 in 2009/10.
The crimes investigated include theft, sexual assaults, fraud and criminal threats.
Shadow Justice Labour MSP and former top cop Graeme Pearson said: “Gumtree has opened up new opportunities for criminals and causes difficulties for police.