Model issues warning after being tracked with device and followed home
"I never thought anything like this could happen to me and it did."
A woman has issued a warning after a tracking device was planted in her jacket on a night out and she was followed home.
Model Brooks Nader became suspicious when she received a notification on her iPhone saying that an unknown AirTag had been "moving with her for a while" and that the owner could see her location.
AirTags are used to keep track of things like keys and other personal objects. The 26-year-old was horrified to realise someone had placed one on her.
Taking to Instagram, she called out Apple for the potential dangers of the item.
"Did you take into consideration the danger and potentially fatal consequences this device has?" she wrote.
"Ladies, check your bag, coat, pockets, and surroundings. Disturbed isn’t even the word."
Brooks further elaborated on what had happened, speaking to The Mail Online.
"Basically my coat was on the barstool at the Odeon in TriBeCa, which was my first location," she said.
"I went to bathroom 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.
"I hope that my story can help raise awareness and encourage ladies to look out for this notification and keep their belongings close, especially when out and about.
"I never thought anything like this could happen to me and it did. If this does happen to you and you find an AirTag, immediately call the police and Apple to track the serial number back to the perpetrator.
"As women, we need to stick together and warn each other of situations like these."
In another Instagram post, she warned followers to also be careful about posting their location to social media.
"Another side note for my ladies, I learned my lesson the hard way.
"If you’re going to post at a restaurant, drinking with your girlfriends, working out, whatever you’re doing — if it has a location that’s obvious or geotagged, wait until you leave to post it.
"I have made that mistake so many times and it’s very easily avoidable. Just wait until you’re home or you’re walking home or whatever until you post that."