Allan says that something smells rotten about the account, that something, somewhere, must be compromised. Is that an absolute?

That, in order to create an Apple ID, that the e-mail must be authenticated?

Apple writes:

My name is Jennifer, and I am one of the Senior Advisors here with the iTunes Store Support Team. After consulting with the adviser handling your request, I have taken ownership of your case so that I can work directly with you, and answer any questions you may have.

I understand you’ve received an email about someone using your email to create an Apple ID using a device you do not having. I would want this reviewed as well if someone was using my email, allow me to help.

As we have no means to contact out to the person who create the account, as this is only an ID in the system, not a full account to be associated to any downloads or purchases. I would use the site iforgot.apple.com to begin the process to gain access to this account and reset the password and associate it to your own device.

I ask because Wikipedia states:

An Apple ID must be a valid email address, protected by a password that is an alphanumeric string of at least 8 characters, and case-sensitive.


When a user creates a new Apple ID, Apple will send a verification email to the email address that the user provided during registration. The user is required to follow the URL that is included in the verification email to activate the account, then the user will be able to use their Apple ID. It is possible to create an Apple ID without specifying a credit card.

My question: what happens if, in the best case scenario for me, some one got a nice iPhone for Christmas, and simply entered my e-mail by accident?

Is the account ever activated? Is it in a sort of limbo?

Again, Alex's answer categorically states:

Given the security process, your email must have been compromised when it was created

Which is concerning, to say the least. So, to clarify, might it be possible that this is a mix-up? Or, because I received the activation code the other day, that my e-mail has been compromised?

(Unfortunately, no iPhone for Christmas.)

A bit less concerned now that I seem to be speaking with a person at Apple. Still, curious.

It occurs to me that I just received the e-mail about the iCloud account being created; not sure that's the same as an Apple ID creation. It's not impossible that I created an account long ago, but unlikely. I'll look for other e-mails from Apple.

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In the answer to your previous question on this topic, it's answers the question directly in the verification email sent out by Apple; it's the very last sentence.

If you did not make this request, you can ignore this email. No Apple ID will be created without verification.

I've included the same picture here, but larger for your reference.

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  • I see. thx. Maybe I authenticated ages ago, or something. Else, my e-mail has been broken into. (Or something compromised.) Although, if I authenticated long ago I don't see how someone would reasonably, accidentally, enter my password. Again, thanks.
    – Thufir
    Dec 27, 2018 at 20:21

I realize this is an old post but I thought I’d give some feedback. You can call 1-800 my-apple Apple support and ask to speak with the senior advisor they can dispute email ownership and take care of it. it’s true Apple makes you verify the email address. but I have heard of cases where someone’s actually allowed to sign into iCloud on an Apple device before the email is verified. Usually it’s happens when people don’t realize it has to be an actual email address so they enter exp. first name last [email protected] thinking it’s just their Apple ID username then of course they can’t verify the email. Apple can definitely do something about this!

  • thanks Deann, it's a very annoying situation. I'm inclined to just buy an iPhone for the rhetorical purpose of illustrating that my e-mail has been "hijacked" in certain sense. Of course, the account is mine, I have the e-mail password, but cannot use it to register for Apple products. Why not? Well, I have no idea what phone number some jamoke used who told Apple that they have my e-mail. Yours is one of the few responses to even acknowledge the absurd stance Apple takes here, so kudos to you. I sent back and forth many, many e-mails with them to no avail. From my e-mail address!!!
    – Thufir
    Apr 13, 2020 at 7:41

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