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Woman Finds Tracking Device Hidden Behind Her Car License Plate

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Woman Finds Tracking Device Hidden Behind Her Car License Plate

A woman claims that she found a tracking device behind the registration plate of her car, meaning that someone - she doesn't know who - was watching where she was driving the whole time. You can hear her full story in the video below:

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Ashley Estrada is a small business owner from Los Angeles, and when she went out to get some ice cream with her cousin she discovered that someone seemed to have secreted an Apple AirTag behind the license plate of her car.

So, if you're not aware, AirTags are supposed to be attached to stuff that you might lose like your keys or wallet. It means that you can use your phone to find them if you misplace them.

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However, wherever it is, you can track it down on the Find My app, which means that whoever stuck the tag on her car could see exactly where she was going.

Credit: TikTok/@_ashleyscarlett
Credit: TikTok/@_ashleyscarlett

In her video, which has been viewed more than 15 million times, she said: "I'm literally f*****g shaking - look what I just found on my car."

Then, her cousin shares the screen and it shows every stop that the car had made for the last four hours, which could have been when the tag was attached.

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In a later video, she explained: "I was hanging out with my cousin's girlfriend, and next thing you know she gets a notification on her phone, which is how we found out because it told us,

"It says first seen at 7:34, so that's when they put it on my car.

"Then it said 'Play Sound,' which is what we did...and this is how we were able to detect where it was at on my car."

Credit: TikTok/@_ashleyscarlett
Credit: TikTok/@_ashleyscarlett
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When they activated the sound on the tag, they managed to discover that it had been attached behind the license plate of the vehicle.

Seriously creepy, right?

According to BuzzFeed News, Apple stated that the reason that AirTags have the two features that Ashley mentioned is directly to combat this sort of thing.

They said: "AirTag is designed with a set of proactive features that discourage unwanted tracking, an industry first,

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"iOS devices can also detect an AirTag that isn't with its owner, and notify the user if an unknown AirTag is seen to be travelling with them from place to place over time."

However, that's not much comfort to Ashley.

She told the same publication: "I was nervous to sleep at home that night] because my phone didn't even detect the first one, my cousin's phone did, and the people willing to harm you have intentions unknown, so I wouldn't have been surprised if they followed me,

"Luckily, that night I didn't go straight back home. Unexpectedly, I stayed in Los Angeles and that ended up saving me."

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Credit: Apple
Credit: Apple

The police, Ashley says, wasn't much help either.

"The police didn't take it seriously at all," she said.

"[They] said it was non-life-threatening and placed me on hold for about 15 minutes. They never asked if I was safe or had an officer come out to see for themselves how people are placing these.

"[They] told me to go down to the station the next day after open and [make] a report.

"It felt like a huge let-down."

Still, if you find anything like this on your car, or anywhere else for that matter, you should definitely contact the police.

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@_ashleyscarlett

Topics: US News, Technology, Weird, Apple, Cars

Tom Wood
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