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Urgent warning of bad guys using Apple AirTag to track you

NEW York Attorney General Letitia James has issued a warning to consumers about potential bad guys using Apple AirTags to track the location of people and their belongings.

Consumers reported finding unidentified AirTags attached to their cars, wallets, coat pockets and other possessions.

Apple AirTags are being used by scammers to track people and their devices

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Apple AirTags are being used by scammers to track people and their devices

Others reported receiving alerts on their phones that their location was being shared, even if the targets could not find an AirTag or other connected accessory.

“Across the country, Apple AirTags are being abused to track people and their belongings to harm,” James said. in a press release.

“Stalking people without their knowledge or consent is a serious felony and will not be tolerated by my office. I urge all New Yorkers to pay attention to their belongings and follow the tips provided by my office to stay safe.

“The safety of New Yorkers is my top priority and my office will continue to do everything in its power to protect New Yorkers.”

Apple AirTags are small tracking devices used to act as key finder for people to locate their personal items.

However, scammers have used small devices on people’s personal belongings to try to track them down.

Don’t know if this happens in states outside of New York State but here’s the tip James recommendations that people can take to protect themselves and their property.

Pay attention to strange beeps. When an AirTag is detached from a connected device for a while, it will start beeping.

Try to identify the source of the noise at tags that can be found in many places including pockets, bags and under cars. If you find an AirTag, you can hold your phone on it to get information about that tag, including its serial number.

Record the information and disable AirTag. Remember to call your local law enforcement for assistance.

If you get a notification that says “Items detected near you,” tap it and it will allow you to detect the AirTag.

If you own an Android device, download the Tracking Detection app from the Google Play Store. This helps you keep track of any unfamiliar AirTags within your Bluetooth range.

Another recommendation is to update your device’s operating system. Apple is rolling out new safety measures. Updating your device regularly will keep you safe from these malicious attacks.

New York Attorney General Letitia James warned users about scams, advising people to be more aware of their surroundings

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New York Attorney General Letitia James warned users about scams, advising people to be more aware of their surroundingsCredit: AP

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Caroline Bleakley

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