BRITISH Airways passengers are being targeted by a new scam if their luggage gets lost after their flight.

Travellers have struggled with lost baggage in recent weeks due to staff shortages across UK airports.

And desperate holidaymakers have taken to social media to find their missing bags – only to be caught up in a new scam.

Fake social media accounts have been contacting passengers, asking them for their details and to send payment to get their luggage sent back to them.

However, British Airways does not charge passengers to get their missing bags back.

One person asked the Independent if an account called "CareBritish" on social media was real after they asked for their contact details, however it is not.

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Another person had already fallen victim on social media, messaging the account: "Can someone call me and explain why I had to pay for luggage that the airline did not send to its destination?"

One woman also tweeted them saying: "One of your employees just contacted me and told me I had to pay to get my baggage because it is still in Dallas."

While the account has since been suspended, holidaymakers are being warned not to fall for similar tactics, as airlines will never ask for money to get a suitcase back.

Sun Online Travel has contacted British Airways for comment.

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Travel scams are on the rise – Jet2 has also issued a new travel warning for Brits heading abroad this summer.

The tour operator updated their social media to warn against common scams that are targeting passengers.

Earlier this year, TUI also issued a travel warning about common scams that were targetting Brits.

The travel operator claimed some of its customers have received tweets from an unknown account, asking them to send personal information in an email.

A number of Brits have been caught out by UK staycation scams as well.

A young family was left heartbroken and hundreds out of pocket after 'booking' a last-minute staycation – only to turn up and find out it wasn't real.

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And a woman was left stunned after more than 100 tourists turned up at her home – claiming they had booked it for a holiday after falling for the scam.

Here are some other common travel scams, according to a fraud expert.

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