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A woman has issued a warning to others after she claims to have found a 'tracker tile' in her handbag from a night out:
Sheridan Ellis was celebrating a friend's birthday and as she was on her way home and rummaging through her bag, she discovered the tile - which wasn't there previously.
She claims the tracker was similar to those people will attach to their keys (usually if they're prone to losing them). They can then use Bluetooth to track the whereabouts of whatever you've attached it to.
In this case, it had quite literally been attached to the TikToker. Or at least her bag (which would have remained with her).
Luckily, fast-thinking Sheridan - who is from Texas, US - removed the battery from the tile which would have in turn stopped sharing her location.
This doesn't remove the sense of unease and worry, though.
Sheridan, who is an artist, decided that the best course of action was to warn others that could find themselves in her position. Her clip has since gone viral, so it's definitely done the job.
In the video, she says: "Hey, quick story time/PSA... for what it's worth category.
"This weekend, on Saturday, I went to dinner with a group of friends for this girl's birthday. If you know me I don't normally carry a purse, but on Saturday I did because we had decorations and stuff for the table.
"Anyways, at the end of the night, I'm cleaning my purse out and I find this [holding the tracker tile up] - if you don't know what this is, it's a tile. It's basically a tracker, people put it on their keys and whatnot.
"It's not mine, I don't know how it got in my purse. I immediately took the battery out, don't worry but yeah... check your purses and stay safe out there."
The post, which has been watched over 980,000 times and liked more than 180,000 times, was captioned: "Check your purses..."
Sending some suggestions over to Sheridan, one person wrote: "Set up a sting operation! Put the tile on one of your huge male friend's doorstep and monitor it with their Ring doorbell!"
Another added: "The police can definitely find out who purchased that and who downloaded the app registered to it. Go to the police. That's very scary."
After people tried to reassure Sheridan (with some telling her it was fine, which it obviously isn't) one person wrote: "Ignore the people saying don't worry. Even if it didn't work, the fact that someone tried is very scary."
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