Model Brooks Nader is spreading awareness about the dangers of Apple AirTags. According to the Sports Illustrated model, she was stalked after an unknown individual slipped the device into her coat while she was out bar-hopping in NYC.
In an Instagram story, Brooks told her followers all about her scary experience with AirTags. She said, “This ‘device’ followed me for the last five hours to every location and [it belonged to] no one in my ‘network.’ It also wasn’t a phone or tablet, it was an ‘item.’”
The incident happened Wednesday, when the model was bar-hopping in Midtown. According to Brooks, she left her coat on the back of her chair and she thinks that’s when the stalker slipped the AirTag into her coat pocket. Police have not been able to identify the individual.
Over the course of five hours, the AirTag tracked Brooks’ location and she only became aware of it when she got a notification on her iPhone. The notification, which she shared on social media, said “this item has been moving with you for a while. The owner can see its location.”
When Brooks Nader got back to her apartment, she found a round, coin sized white disc in her coat pocket. The device is called an Apple AirTag and it was created in April 2021 to help Apple users keep track of their devices. The white circles can attach to key rings and other devices and as long as you have a Bluetooth device, you’re able to “track,” that item and find where you lost it.
According to the Apple website, the AirTag is “a super easy way to keep track of your stuff,” like your keys, phone or wallet. It can “also track down your Apple devices to keep up with friends and family.”
Brooks shared a picture of the device on Instagram, and she got a flood of messages from other women saying they had been tracked with an AirTag too.
“A ton of women told me, ‘Watch out, this happened to me, it’s an AirTag. I’ve never heard of AirTags and had no idea what they were. But after this happened to me, I was sent all these TikTok videos of girls who’ve been stalked. They were put in their license plates, the hoods of their cars. I had girls message me about their ex-boyfriends putting tracking devices that are AirTags in their cars,” said Brooks.
After Brooks’ Instagram story went viral, Apple released a statement reassuring customers that the AirTag is safe. They said, “We take customer safety very seriously and are committed to AirTag’s privacy and security. AirTag is designed with a set of proactive features to discourage unwanted tracking — a first in the industry — that both inform users if an unknown AirTag might be with them and deter bad actors from using an AirTag for nefarious purposes,” an Apple spokesperson told Engadget.
They continued and added, “If users ever feel their safety is at risk, they are encouraged to contact local law enforcement who can work with Apple to provide any available information about the unknown AirTag.”
Many people were not convinced by Apple’s statement and are worried that they could get stalked with an Apple AirTag. According to reports, Brooks Nader’s story is not the first time someone has used an AirTag to commit a crime.
On Dec. 27, a Mississippi woman called the police after she received a similar notification on her phone saying there was an unknown device attached to her. According to the woman, the device was able to track her whole journey from the park to her home.
“It was very unsettling, and it still makes me nervous,” Amber Norsworthy said. “It showed the entire route they followed/tracked me.”
Another woman shared her alarming story on TikTok back in July 2021 and went viral after she discovered an Apple AirTag in her purse.
Police have also reported that the Apple devices have been used to steal cars and other large items. Thieves put them on a vehicle and are able to track where the owner drives to. This allows them to steal the car at a later date.