The "wire trick" first appeared in a Facebook post in 2015, but according to the Poynter Institute, the police in the Canadian city where the post originated said there were no reports of kidnappings due to the tactic. Even groups against sex trafficking haven't seen the "wire trick" as a trend.
When another wave of social media warnings hit in 2019 stemming from Texas and Michigan, the Director of the Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute at the University of Toledo, Ohio called the claims "ridiculous." Another cop described them as "an urban legend or a scare-lore." They warn that the biggest tool traffickers use to lure people is the computer since they mostly work online, or they go after someone they know. According to authorities, "Very rare is it for them to prey on a stranger."
>>...However, alarming reports of the device being used for stalking, theft, kidnapping attempts, and other criminal purposes have come to light. A number of individuals, mostly women, have shared frightening accounts of discovering unknown AirTags in their cars and coat pockets.
On Thursday, January 6, model Brooks Nader took to her Instagram Story to detail her terrifying experience of being targeted. While walking home alone from a restaurant in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood shortly before midnight, she received a notification on her phone that someone was tracking her and had been for “a while.”
Brooks realized that a stranger had slipped an AirTag in her coat pocket, which was resting on the chair behind her while she sat inside the crowded establishment....<<