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ripped off Fair City's Phelim Drew warns of online scammers after getting conned out of €7,000

Actor, who plays Fr Liam Plunkett in the soap, had been trying to buy a caravan ahead of the summer

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Phelim Drew as Fr Liam in Fair City. Photo: Beta Bajgart.

Phelim Drew as Fr Liam in Fair City. Photo: Beta Bajgart.

Phelim Drew as Fr Liam in Fair City. Photo: Beta Bajgart.

Fair City’s Phelim Drew has warned of online scammers after getting conned out of €7,000.

The actor, who plays Fr Liam Plunkett in the popular soap, had been trying to buy a caravan ahead of the summer for staycations.

He purchased a four berth caravan from a website called M.J. Caravan Sales Ltd, a company who say they are based in Tamworth, Staffordshire in the UK.

Unfortunately for Phelim, the website proved to be a scam and he was down thousands of euros after taking out a loan to pay for the vehicle.

Speaking to Joe Duffy on Liveline today, the Fair City star told listeners that he and his family had been excited to use their caravan to go on holidays over summer.

He told listeners: “We’ve been caravaning and camping for years and we love it because you don’t have to tell the kids to stop running up and down the corridor or to be quiet for other guests. They find friends really easily and it’s great craic. [Buying a caravan] was an obvious next step for us.

“We’re used to getting ripped off on this side of the water, so I was looking abroad for a bit of value and this website M.J. Caravan Sales Ltd [caught our eye].

“I was on a high. I was thinking, ‘This is how we’re going to enjoy our summer. We’re going to get away multiple times with the kids.’ I decided that it looked really good. We had interaction back and forth through email and it all looked really kosher and it wasn’t.

“We just wanted something nice. It was about €7,000 and I got a loan for that so it left a sour taste in my mouth.”

Phelim explained that he is currently in contact with authorities to retrieve his stolen cash and warned of how “professional” these scams seem online.

“I suppose where I am with it now is, subsequent to telling the guards about it, I contacted the police in England, I’ve been in contact with my bank and also the bank that I lodged the money to which is based in Germany,” he said

“It looks really polished, it looks very professional, very legit and it looks very attractive and that’s what people could be fooled by.

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“It’s really toxic and I just want to tell people that if they are tempted to buy a caravan or anything like that to really think twice about handing over any money.”

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