Luggage Left in the Airport

Luggage Left in The Airport Email: How It Works

You receive an email claiming to be from a large international airport, informing you that a package with your name on it was found in one of the terminals. Why would they send you that?

Scammers recruit their victims from Facebook, where many people escaping their city tag themselves in an airport: “Traveling to…” (see example below).

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Criminals collect those names and then send a targeted message, using the name of the airport mentioned in the post. When the victim receives the email, they were just in that airport and most likely will consider reading it and take action. How does the scam work?

To make sure they have contacted the right person to send the package back, they require the victim to provide pieces of identification, such as a passport number, address, Social Security Number, and all the personal data that they can get (including a credit card number as their is a small charge for the delivery).

The scammers use the word “package” instead of “suitcase” most of the time, as the recipients of the email realize they never lost a bag but still wonder what the “package” may be.

Criminals send these messages to several people. They know there will always be a few who get confused and think it might really be something that belongs to them.

 

Luggage Left in The Airport Scam: How To Avoid

Delete the message, if you know that you or your closest friends didn’t lose any luggage. Even if you did, airports don’t contact you if they find your luggage; it’s up to you to contact them!

 

Luggage Left in The Airport Scam: How To Report

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report Scammers To The FTC Here

 

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Milan

Just got one e-mail like that claimed to be from the Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta. They said they found some luggage with my name.

D.

Just got one email like the one above. Said they would pay the fee to get if I split the cash.

Mark

John00price@aol.com left me an email saying I need to come to the airport to claim uncleared cargo with my email address on it. Going to email back an screw with his head.

jenna

Here is what I got today: Williams G. Emad Interim Assistance General Manager, (Operations,Maintenance,Transportation) Philadelphia International Airport 8000 Essington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19153, USA Tel:+(1)570-215-8755 Email:customertransfercenter@yahoo.co.jp Hello Good Friend Re: Your Abandoned Package For Delivery I have very vital information to give to you, but first I must have your trust before I review it to you because it may cause me my job, so I need somebody that I can trust for me to be able to review the secret to you. I am Mr.Williams G. Emad, head of luggage/baggage storage facilities (Operations,Maintenance,Transportation) here at the Philadelphia International Airport… Read more »

JI

I received this: Assistance Inspection Director McCarran International Airport Las Vegas Nevada, WMO 72386, United States. Tel:+1702 329 7037 Date: 04/08/2015 Hello: My Good Friend Re: Your Abandoned Package For Delivery I have very vital information to give to you, but first I must have your trust before I review it to you because it may cause me my job, so I need somebody that I can trust for me to be able to review the secret to you. I am Mr.Neil E. Waudby, head of luggage/baggage storage facilities here at the McCarran International Airport,Nevada USA. During my recent withheld… Read more »

DG

Received one on Mat 22 from a Mr.Joseph Scott, exactly like the one below in McCarran International Airport Las Vegas Nevada,Had to think about it for awhile because he didn’t ask for any money. Just name and age and phone number. Thanks for posting these similar letters. Glad I looked it up!!!

Rita

It must be a large airport. I got an email pretty much the same one. Looks like differences in the name on the end.

NUR ATIKAH ABD HALIM

William G. Emad Interim Assistance General Manager, (Operations,Maintenance,Transportation) Philadelphia International Airport 8000 Essington Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19153, USA Tel: 215-372-5175 Email: williamemad101@gmail.com Attention Re: Your Abandoned Package For Delivery I have very vital information to give to you, but first I must have your trust before I review it to you because it may cause me my job,so I need somebody that I can trust for me to be able to review the secret to you. I am Mr.Williams G. Emad, head of luggage/baggage storage facilities (Operations,Maintenance,Transportation) here at the Philadelphia International Airport USA. During my recent withheld package routine… Read more »

Mercy

I almost scammed by a uk person named Dyan. He promises to deliver phone and laptop to you.

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