A woman found herself in a terrifying situation when she noticed she was being stalked - after someone planted an Apple AirTag in her coat’s pocket.
The Sports Illustrated model, Brooks Nader, shared the story of what happened online and called the incident the ‘scariest moment’ of her life.
Nader was at a bar in Tribeca, New York, when she believes a stranger sneakily added a tracking device to her clothes. The Apple AirTag allows users to track and monitor see the location of Apple devices in proximity to the tag.
“Stupidly, I was walking home alone because I live in the neighborhood around 11:30 pm. Once I was already on my way home—halfway home—I got a notification,” Nader said.
It was only during her solo walk home that she discovered that someone had been following her when she received a notification on her phone that alerted her. The detection of the device triggered the notification.
‘I never share stuff like this but what the f*** does this mean?’ she asked her followers on her Instagram story alongside a screenshot of the notification she received. ‘This ‘device’ followed me for the last 5 hours to every location and was no one in my ‘network’.’
A screenshot of Brooks Nader’s Instagram story where she shared a screenshot of the notification she receivedInstagram/@brooksnader
Nader later confirmed the AirTag didn’t belong to anyone she knew, telling MailOnline, “Basically, my coat was on the barstool at the Odeon in TriBeCa, which was my first location. I went to bathroom [and] left my coat on the chair and that’s when I think someone slipped it in. They then followed me for five hours all the way home.”
The model also slammed Apple for the creation of the product in the first place due to the harmful implications that come with it.
Screenshot of Brooks Nader’s Instagram storyInstagram/@brooksnader
“@Apple, did you take into consideration the danger and potentially fatal consequences this device has? Ladies, check your bag, coat, pockets and surroundings. Disturbed isn’t even the word.”
On Apple’s website, the brand shared that the purpose of the device is as a “supereasy way to keep track of your stuff.”
The description reads, “Attach one to your keys, slip another in your backpack. And just like that, they’re on your radar in the Find My app, where you can also track down your Apple devices and keep up with friends and family.”
As for avoiding any “unwanted tracking” the site reads: “AirTag is designed to discourage unwanted tracking. If someone else’s AirTag finds its way into your stuff, your iPhone will notice it’s traveling with you and send you an alert. After a while, if you still haven’t found it, the AirTag will start playing a sound to let you know it’s there.”