May 26, 2022

A mum has issued a warning to anyone booking holidays in Donegal after losing a £250 deposit in a scam that promised a week-long stay in a holiday home.

Catriona Morgan booked a stay in Donegal between July 2-9 after stumbling across an advertisement for a home with a hot tub on Facebook’s Marketplace.

The Derry native made the booking after her brother, sister-in-law and their children moved to Derry from Australia and she hoped for a “much-needed family break”.

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The schoolteacher thought the family had found a “good deal” after spotting the Donegal home shared by a Facebook account.

The supposed owner, who is continuing to sell the same property online, has yet to be formally identified.

He told Catriona that it was his parent’s home and that they could not use the home this summer after his father had been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing treatment.

Catriona said everything seem “real” until April 1 when her husband had noticed a Facebook post.

“I thought my husband was joking initially because it was April Fools Day but that’s when he alerted me to someone who had found themselves in a similar situation that didn’t add up,” she said.

“I recognised that it was his name that was on the listing on Facebook and that’s when I knew it was a scam.

“I was devastated because it was the first time that my parents were going to see all of their grandchildren together.

“And what is scary about all of this now…

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