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Woman shares urgent warning after finding tracker in her bag after shopping

A WOMAN has shared an urgent warning after she allegedly found a tracker in her BAG after going to the shops.

She claims she found the AirTag while rummaging in her bag – and has now warned other women to be vigilant after realizing someone was stalking her.

The woman took to TikTok to share her story

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The woman took to TikTok to share her storyCredit: TikTok/molly32320
She said she found the AirTag after returning from the shops

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She said she found the AirTag after returning from the shopsCredit: TikTok/molly32320

AirTags were designed to help Apple users find items when attached to personal belongings.

However, some people have capitalized on its tracking abilities to engage in unethical activities — including stalking.

The Apple devices are also very precise and have a good battery life, which makes them all the more worrying.

The woman took to social media after finding the circular device in her bag – asking her followers for help.

But once she realized what it was, she quickly got rid of the device and threw it at a nearby park.

In the clip on TikTok, Molly32320 said: “Guys what the heck. I just got home and was looking in my bag for my vape.

“What is that? What is that? It’s Apple, a little circle thing. I don’t get it, I freaked out.

“I didn’t put it there, I didn’t buy it. What the hell.

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“I’ve literally been to the shops and back, that’s literally it. I don’t understand. Who the hell put this here.”

After doing some research, she came back and added: “Apparently it’s a tracker.

“Actually, I don’t check my bag that often, now I think this is the bag I take to work so they might know where my work is if someone put it there.

“It could be at my mother’s house, at my grandma’s house. I’m really scared at this point who the hell put it there.

“Someone can know where I am right now. I didn’t even know that was something. I’m really scared now.”

After realizing what the device is, the woman told her followers that she soaked it in water before dumping it in the middle of a park.

In the third clip, the woman, who is believed to be living in Manchester, added: “Whatever creep decided to put this AirTag in my pocket, well you can fuck yourself.

“I went and soaked it in water for half an hour and now I’m going to go and put it on the grass over there.

“Girls, if this happens to you, just be careful.”

A flurry of commenters warned the woman about the potentially dangerous device, with many urging her to go to the police.

One said, “Take it to a police station.”

While another added: “Go to the police, Apple can track the phone it’s registered on.”

Greater Manchester Police have been contacted for comment.

Women’s Aid communications director Teresa Parker said in a statement: “This TikTok shows exactly how new technology can be used to control, track and monitor the lives of women.

“While this technology may not have been designed for this, at Women’s Aid we know that many women find out they are being followed without their knowledge or consent, and that abusers are endlessly creative in how they will do so.

“This can range from cameras in the house that can be monitored remotely, to small tracking devices like these and setting up phone location services to see where someone is at all times.

“It is critical that tech companies use violence against women’s organizations to prevent misuse of their technology.”

AirTags have sparked widespread concern since their introduction last year after a series of creepy reports, including those from car owners, were tracked.

The gadget is designed to make it easier to find keys and other important items.

People’s iPhones act as a vast network for Apple to help you find and access them.

But it is also considered a perfect tool for stalking.

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Eva Galperin, cybersecurity expert at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said: “Any item designed to catch a thief in this way is also a perfect tool for stalking.

“That’s why Apple is promoting them as tools for tracking lost, not stolen, items.”

Realizing what it was, she quickly removed the device and threw it in a nearby park

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Realizing what it was, she quickly removed the device and threw it in a nearby parkCredit: TikTok/molly32320
The AirTag is a tiny device used to track lost items

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The AirTag is a tiny device used to track lost items

https://www.thesun.ie/tech/8814323/woman-urgent-warning-finding-tracker-bag/ Woman shares urgent warning after finding tracker in her bag after shopping

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