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Luggage Left in the Airport

How The Scam 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).

luggage left in airport

 

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 times, 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.

 

How to Avoid the Luggage in the Airport Scam:

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!

 

How to Report the Luggage in the Airport Scam:

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:

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