MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A tiny device the size of a quarter is terrifying victims, mostly women, in the Mid-South and FOX13 Investigates has uncovered new reports of people being tracked, without their knowledge, using Apple AirTags.
FOX13 Investigates combed through police reports from summer to winter 2022. A number of them showed how AirTags can be used for good, often times tracking things that are lost or stolen; there are those that show something more sinister at play as well.
A cache of reports paints the image of terror, in each case, women finding an AirTag following them.
In May, a woman in east Memphis thought an AirTag in a baby’s diaper bag had been following her; a student found someone else’s AirTag in her pocket, a Sept. incident near the University of Memphis; after leaving a downtown hotel, another woman was notified an AirTag had been following her as well, all of them sounding similar to the story of “Jessica,” who FOX13 spoke with in the spring.
“I went over by my car and sure enough, as soon as I got over my car, it immediately connected. So, it was somewhere on my car,” the woman said.
She never found the AirTag and moved to a different part of Memphis, fearing for her safety.
She said she didn’t know who would want to track her.
FOX13 Investigates put an AirTag on the car of reporter Tom Dees and used it to track him.
“Well, it’s kind of creepy,” Dees said when told about the scheme, that he was being tracked.
In a statement sent to FOX13 Investigates previously, Apple said “[they] condemn in the strongest possible terms any malicious use of [their] products.”
Anyone activating an AirTag gets a warning, telling the user that the AirTag is used solely for tracking one’s own items and that it’s a “crime to track other people.”
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