Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) Officer-in-Charge Bryan Co has cautioned the public against engaging in any transactions with fraudulent online accounts, such as a recent Facebook post that falsely advertises lost luggage from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) being sold.
The MIAA as well as airline operators have well-defined procedures for managing and appropriately disposing of lost or forgotten belongings, but selling these items on the internet is definitely not included in these protocols.
Co expressed disappointment over the audacity of scammers targeting unsuspecting people trying to take advantage of online discounts or special offers for products sold online.
"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," Co stressed.
The MIAA issued a caution about a Facebook account named "Lost Luggage" which is enticing people to purchase abandoned or unclaimed bags at the NAIA for a cost of P556.54 per item, which prompted the authority to warned the public not to transact with fake online accounts like a recent post on Facebook.
As of November 23, 2023, Lost Luggage, which has 188 followers, has garnered 842 reactions, 586 comments and 326 shares.
``For official announcements and information dissemination, the MIAA only uses its official Facebook Page https:// www.facebook.com/MIAAGovPH , X (formerly Twitter), as well as its Instagram and TikTok accounts @MIAAGovPH," the authority said.
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