Adriana Ballesteros spoke to Eyewitness News on Tuesday and said she and her friend believed the device was used to follow them home.
“I turned around immediately, I was like, ‘I’m not going home because we were in my car together all night,'” she said. “So I was like, ‘If anything, it’s probably on my car.
The women later searched their purses, shopping bags and the device in Ballesteros’ car, but found nothing.
Button-shaped devices can connect to almost anything via a key ring, and iPhone users can use a feature called “Find My” on their phones that lets them track the tag’s location using Bluetooth. allows for.
To do this, Android users can download the Tracker Detect app from the Google Play Store. However, reports suggest that the tag can also be used to track people without a doubt, raising questions about privacy and security if they slip into a purse, suitcase or car.
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Ballesteros said he left his friend after he went shopping. Twenty minutes later, a notification came on her friend’s iPhone.
She said, “Unknown accessory has been detected. This item has been hanging around with you for some time. The owner can see its location.”
“Once she clicked on the notification, she could pull up, like … there was a map,” Ballesteros said. “It followed our exact location from the target to his house, so it was a little scary.”
Representatives from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department answered the women’s 911 call.
“That’s when they started searching my car, and then they actually also mentioned that they had received a similar call earlier in the day,” Ballesteros said.
Friends are not alone.
Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooks Nader shared a similar experience on her Instagram account when she said that someone slipped an airtag into her coat.
“I was at a bar in Tribeca… I had my coat on the chair behind me… and once I was already walking to my house, halfway through, I got the notification ‘Someone is tracking you’ And has been for a while,'” Nader said.
In a statement to Good Morning America, Apple said it takes customer security concerns seriously.
“AirTag is designed to discourage unwanted tracking with a set of proactive features – a first in the industry – that both inform users if an unknown AirTag may be happening to them, and protect bad actors from nefarious activities.” Prohibits the use of AirTag for this purpose.”
Ballesteros and his friend said they wanted to share their stories to warn others.
“Be aware of your surroundings. Just be safe,” she said.
The Los Angeles Police Department told Eyewitness News that detectives are investigating some of these cases.
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