One in every six women and one in every 19 men have been stalked over the course of their lifetimes according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and stalking can have profoundly negative effects.
Recently, one TikTok user shared what she believes could be a possible new stalking tactic in a viral post that has received over 2.5 million likes on the platform.
“I think I’m being tracked,” the TikTok user, @angel.edge95 said.
“The more I post about it, it seems like it’s happening to a lot of people. I don’t know if I’m in danger.”
The user said that she flew from her Texas home to Maine, and then received an odd message on her phone.
Her phone discovered an “unknown accessory” nearby, possibly an AppleAirTag, a tracking device developed by the popular computer and phone company.
She had first been informed of the device at 8:45 a.m. while shopping at a Texas Walmart.
The user was given an option to “remove” the device, she said, but she received an “unable to connect to the server” pop-up every time she tried.
She then saw that there was a notification at the bottom of her phone encouraging her to contact local police if she felt safe.
The TikTok user said that finding the tracking device may not be possible because of the lack of a serial number, according to a report from Yahoo News.
Messages Continue to Flood In
At 12:56 a.m., the woman said she received another notification that the device’s owner could see its location.
Following this message, she received a second “unknown accessory” message.
She later found that she was able to pull up a map with a red dot, which she believed indicated every time someone physically checked the device’s location.
“I can’t find a tracker,” she said.
“I shut off my location services, and I shut off my Bluetooth services, and I thought that fixed the problem.”
She later received another similar “unknown accessory notification” minutes before sharing her video.
@angel.edge95##greenscreen ⚠️share this with your loved ones ⚠️ ##ASOSChaoticToCalm ##traffickingawarenes ##airtag♬ original sound – biker baddie ✨
It was revealed in the comments section that she is now working with law enforcement to resolve the problem.
Her story is one of numerous “unknown accessory” alerts women say they have received.
Others have claimed they have found tracking devices or evidence of them in their personal belongings, the Yahoo article said.
Multiple women have claimed to have found one in their belongings or behind their car’s license plate.
“You’re the second woman I’ve seen post about this today,” one commenter said.
“Worst invention ever. These are being used by the worst people,” another added.
According to the Yahoo article, iPhones automatically alert users to the presence of AirTags, but Android users need to download the AirGuard app from the Google Play store to receive them.
She updated her audience on how Android users can know if they’re being tracked in the video below.
@angel.edge95Reply to @ashroberts48 you can download ‘AirGuard’ for these notifications! ##staysafe ##MyAncestryStory ##airtag♬ original sound – biker baddie ✨