Emerging Threats

Make sure you’re up to date with information on the latest online and email scams. Be aware of what to watch out for so you can stay safe and be successful when you’re buying, selling and trading online.

SMS Scams

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 HWC team.
The messages will look and sound similar to the following examples:
“Hi there, I saw you’re listing on Hot Wire Classifieds and can you let me know if it’s still for sale… blahblahblah@mail.com”
“Hello, I saw your ad on Hot Wire Classifieds. I’m ready to offer you 30,000 for the vehicle. For quick response, email me at: blahblahblah@mail.com John”
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 the area code; these are sent via online SMS service providers like ‘SMS craze’.
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.
Hot Wire Classifieds is designed for local, face-to-face trading. We encourage our community to follow the HWC 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!

If you have any questions or need clarification simply click that “contact us” button just below in the footer and we can help with any questions you might have.

Fruit Picking and Farming Jobs

We’ve recently had reports of a job scam involving fruit picking and other related farming jobs. These ads are targeting backpackers and are offering employment and accommodation for an up-front fee. If you’ve seen or responded to such ads please report it to us immediately and cease communication with the advertiser.

How to protect yourself – Please ignore any job offer that:

  • Asks you for up-front fees
  • Offers you free accommodation
  • Offers a guaranteed job and or income
  • Offers quick visa approval and sponsored employment
  • That advertises harvesting, the picking of fruits or vegetables, in the wrong season ie. picking summer fruits in winter
  • Will only provide a post office box as the contact address


Please note – this is not a definitive list of indicators of a scam – some brazen scammers will provide a real street address, but the people living at that address have nothing to do with the scam.

You can also conduct a simple ‘WHO IS’ or Google search on the organisation that will allow you to see when the URL for the website was set up – if it was only recently established then it is potentially fake.

Any further questions please contact us and we can help out!