FBI Caught Using GPS on Student

Sounds straight out of a spy novel…and it happened just a few miles from my house!

Yasir Afifi, a resident of Santa Clara, California, received a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car. It wasn’t that he found the device that caused the FBI to show up. It was that his friend posted photos of it online.

Afifi, a business marketing student at Mission College in Santa Clara, discovered the device this past weekend when he took his car in for an oil change. When a mechanic raised his car up on hydraulic lifts, Afifi saw a wire sticking out near the right rear wheel and exhaust.

From CNN:

The device was real, the student was being secretly tracked and the FBI wanted their expensive device back, the student told Wired.com in an interview Wednesday.

The answer came when half-a-dozen FBI agents and police officers appeared at Yasir Afifi’s apartment complex in Santa Clara, California, on Tuesday demanding he return the device.

Afifi, a 20-year-old U.S.-born citizen, cooperated willingly and said he’d done nothing to merit attention from authorities. Comments the agents made during their visit suggested he’d been under FBI surveillance for three to six months.

An FBI spokesman wouldn’t acknowledge that the device belonged to the agency or that agents appeared at Afifi’s house.

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