A woman claims she discovered a ‘tracker tile’ in her handbag after a night out.
Sheridan Ellis, from Texas, US, is now urging people to check their bags when out and about, in order for people to protect themselves.
In a TikTok clip, the artist explained: “Hey, quick storytime/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.
“At the end of the night, I’m cleaning my purse out and I find this – 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 has now accumulated over 995,000 views and thousands have taken to the comments to share their concern.
@sheridanellisCheck your purses …🥴 ##fyp ##psa ##forwhatitsworth ##safety♬ good 4 u – Olivia Rodrigo
“It is most likely someone you know,” one viewer warned.
“The police can definitely find out who purchased that and who downloaded the app registered to it,” another added. “Go to the police. That’s very scary.”
A third commented: “Oh yay, a new thing for all us women to be worried about.”
However, a few pointed out that the tracker tile was unlikely to have been able to follow her for long, as it would need Bluetooth, which wouldn’t work once out of range.
One person reassured Ellis: “Luckily, after 200 feet the tile will become out of range. So they can’t track you from far away. We have those exact ones.”
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