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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10 thoughts on “Luggage Left in the Airport”

  1. i got this today:
    ATTENTION: DEAR BENEFICIARY!
    We write to inform you that after the directors meeting yesterday, we
    have resolved to release & deliver your fund with the service of the
    state bullion van direct to your doorstep as the authorities will not
    stop nor verify the bullion van on it’s way to make the delivery to
    your destination.
    Therefore, you are to reconfirm your address & phone number with us to
    ensure safe delivery.

    However, Despite our initial “hold” on the fund delivery which is
    above the stipulated volume of cash allowed to convene per individual
    ($11,500,000.00), we deem it proper to release your fund unconditional
    and also give you every back up on the money since we have scanned and
    ascertain that the bills and ATM Card are genuine and not fake notes;
    Also happy that the Winning Fund shipping documents and clearance
    papers we retrieved from your delivery agents have been confirmed
    authentic so the consignment will get to your address within 2 hours.

    Hence, we advise you to get back to us for delivery schedule, kindly
    contact us at tampainternationalairportpolic@gmail.com, text or call
    our phone# (813)616-1333.

    We look forward to your timely response.

    Yours
    Edward Gein Jr.
    TIAPD, Tampa, FL 33622
    Email: tampainternationalairportpolic@gmail.com
    Telephone: (813)616-1333

  2. 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 check at the Airport Storage Vault, I discovered an abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from Africa and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately 110kg. The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the
    consignment was not properly declared by the consignee as ?ONEY?ather it was declared as personal effect to avoid interrogation and also the inability of the diplomat to pay for the United States Non Inspection Charges which is $3,700USD. On my assumption the consignment is still left in our Storage House here at the Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia till date. The details of the consignment including your name, your email address and the
    official documents from the United Nations office in Geneva are tagged on the Trunk box.

    However, to enable me confirm if you are the actual recipient of this consignment as the assistant director of the Inspection Unit, I will advise you provide your current Phone Number and Full Address, to enable me cross check if it corresponds with the address on the official documents including the name of nearest Airport around your city. Please note that this consignment is supposed to have been returned to the United States Treasury Department as unclaimed
    delivery due to the delays in concluding the clearance processes so as a result of this, I will not be able to receive your details on my official email account. So in order words to enable me cross check your details, I will advise you send the required details to my private email address for quick processing and response. Once I confirm you as the actual recipient of the trunk box, I can get everything concluded within 48hours upon your acceptance and proceed to your address for delivery.

    Lastly, be informed that the reason I have taken it upon myself to contact you personally about this abandoned consignment is because I want us to transact this business and share the money 70% for you and 30% for me since the consignment has not yet been returned to the United States Treasury Department after being abandoned by the diplomat so immediately the confirmation is made, I will go ahead and pay for the United States Non Inspection Fee of $3,700 dollars and arrange for the box to be delivered to your doorstep Or I can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble but you have to assure me of my 30% share.

    I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive and I will appreciate if we can keep this deal confidential. Please get back to me via my private Email (williamemad101@gmail.com)for further directives:

    You can call me on my telephone number and drop a message at Tel: 215-372-5175

    Thank you.

    Williams G. Emad

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

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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 package routine check at the Airport Storage Vault, I discovered an abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from London and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a metal trunk box. The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was not properly declared by the consignee as “MONEY” rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid interrogation and also the inability of the diplomat to pay for the United States Non Inspection Charges which is $3,700USD. On my assumption the consignment is still left in our Storage House here at the International Airport Nevada till date. The details of the consignment including your name, your email address and the official documents from the United Nations office in Geneva are tagged on the Trunk box.

    However, to enable me confirm if you are the actual recipient of this consignment as the assistant director of the Inspection Unit, I will advise you provide your current Phone Number and Full Address, to enable me cross check if it corresponds with the address on the official documents including the name of nearest Airport around your city. Please note that this consignment is supposed to have been returned to the United States Treasury Department as unclaimed delivery due to the delays in concluding the clearance processes so as a result of this, I will not be able to receive your details on my official email account. So in order words to enable me cross check your details, I will advise you send the required details to my private email address for quick processing and response. Once I confirm you as the actual recipient of the trunk box, I can get everything concluded within 48hours upon your acceptance and proceed to your address for delivery.

    Lastly, be informed that the reason I have taken it upon myself to contact you personally about this abandoned consignment is because I want us to transact this business and share the money 80% for you and 20% for me since the consignment has not yet been returned to the United States Treasury Department after being abandoned by the diplomat so immediately the confirmation is made, I will go ahead and pay for the United States Non Inspection Fee of $3,700 dollars and arrange for the box to be delivered to your doorstep Or I can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble but you have to assure me of my 20% share.

    I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive and I will appreciate if we can keep this deal confidential. Please get back to me via my private Email:(mrneilewaudby@gmail.com) for further directives: You can call me on my telephone number: +1702 329 7037 for verbal conversation. Please if am not available to accept your call, please and drop a message or send me a text.

    Thank you.
    Mr.Neil Waudby
    Assistance Inspection Director
    McCarran International Airport
    Las Vegas Nevada,
    WMO 72386, United States.

  6. 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 USA. During my recent withheld package routine check at the Airport Storage Vault, I discovered an abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from Africa and when scanned, it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately 110kg. The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was not properly declared by the consignee as “MONEY” rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid interrogation and also the inability of the diplomat to pay for the United States Non Inspection Charges which is $3,700USD. On my assumption the consignment is still left in our Storage House here at the Philadelphia International Airport till date. The details of the consignment including your name, your email address and the official documents from the United Nations office in Geneva are tagged on the Trunk box.
    However, to enable me confirm if you are the actual recipient of this consignment as the assistant director of the Inspection Unit, I will advise you provide your current Phone Number and Full Address, to enable me cross check if it corresponds with the address on the official documents including the name of nearest Airport around your city. Please note that this consignment is supposed to have been returned to the United States Treasury Department as unclaimed delivery due to the delays in concluding the clearance processes so as a result of this, I will not be able to receive your details on my official email account. So in order words to enable me cross check your details, I will advise you send the required details to my private email address for quick processing and response. Once I confirm you as the actual recipient of the trunk box, I can get everything concluded within 48hours upon your acceptance and proceed to your address for delivery.
    Lastly, be informed that the reason I have taken it upon myself to contact you personally about this abandoned consignment is because I want us to transact this business and share the money 70% for you and 30% for me since the consignment has not yet been returned to the United States Treasury Department after being abandoned by the diplomat so immediately the confirmation is made, I will go ahead and pay for the United States Non Inspection Fee of $3,700 dollars and arrange for the box to be delivered to your doorstep Or I can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble but you have to assure me of my 30% share.
    I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive and I will appreciate if we can keep this deal confidential. Please get back to me via my private Email (customertransfercenter@yahoo.co.jp)for further directives: You can call me on my telephone number and drop a message at 570-232-4053
    Thank you.
    Williams G. Emad

  7. 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.

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