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MIAA warns against fake online accounts selling 'lost' luggage with high-valued items

By Melanie Uson Published Nov 24, 2023 4:34 pm Updated Nov 24, 2023 4:40 pm

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has warned the public against fraudulent Facebook pages selling lost luggage said to be found at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

“The public is warned not to transact with fake online accounts like a recent post on Facebook claiming that lost pieces of luggage at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) are on sale,” they announced on their Facebook page on Thursday, Nov. 23. 

Early on the same day, a Facebook page named “Lost Baggage” posted a listing on their page that sells lost pieces of luggage for only P556.54.

The page claimed that the bags had been unclaimed by their owners for over six months and that they are now up for sale before having them disposed of.

It also noted that the bags contain high-valued items including “phones, laptops, precious jewellery and lots of other cool stuff."

More accounts also commented on the post sharing their "feedback," showing their alleged purchased luggage. 

Lost baggage for sale scam. | Screenshot from Facebook

MIAA stressed that they follow “clear and established protocols” when it comes to storing and disposing of lost or left behind personal items of the passengers. “Selling these items online is certainly not one of them,” they wrote.

“We appeal to everyone to be extremely careful and vigilant when browsing through the internet. Always exercise caution when engaging with online sellers. Do not be easy targets of scammers," MIAA Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Bryan Co said. 

They also encourage people to report any posts related to the scheme to Facebook, and to follow their official pages on Facebook, X, TikTok, and Instagram for official announcements.