A Twitter post by Miss Maryland USA 2021 contestant Jazmine Wright claims a stalker used an Apple AirTag to follow her home.
Apple AirTags are small devices that allows users to track their lost or stolen iPhones, laptops, purses, wallets, or boyfriends.
Wright claimed a stalker attached an Apple AirTag tracking device to the wheel well of her Lexus while she was in a bar around 2 a.m. Saturday.
Wright, 28, tweeted:
“So something kinda terrifying happened to me last night. Someone attached an Apple AirTag to the underside of my front wheel well while I was inside a bar.
“It was 2 am and I was driving away with no cars around me and I kept getting this alert for like 30 mins straight.”
Wright posted a screenshot of an iPhone notification that read, “AirTag Found Moving With You: The location of this AirTag can be seen by the owner.”
Wright made her Twitter account private after the thread went viral.
Law enforcement officials also warn that car thieves may use the devices to track your car to your home and steal it overnight.
In a support document, Apple explains how to disable an AirTag tracker.
i need apple to shut down and recall all airtags NOW. i’ve only ever seen women sharing similar stories to this abt airtags being used so other people can stalk them which is absolutely fucking terrifying
— lilac (@BURNSH0NEY) December 18, 2021
.@Apple needs to scrap this for now or have the Apple ID of the person pop up along with the alert so you can find the owner.
— YardySpice ?? ?? (@ABlackTweeter) December 18, 2021
The flip side of that is someone following a victim that carries an AirTag and gets their Apple ID this way, which can give their name, and more info starting from there.
My initial thought was that the person who gets the alert should at least have a way of reporting the owner.
— Tim Boucher (@t_13_r) December 18, 2021
Unless you don't have an Apple phone. In that case Apple are 100% fine with your being completely unaware that you are being tracked and monitored by their network.
— Tom (@umacf24) December 19, 2021
This is a common tactic for car thieves now. They attach an AirTag to a vehicle so they know where to steal it from later while the owners are home asleep.
— John Siiro (@JohnSiiro) December 19, 2021