Unverified use of Apple Services

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I work at a small web development and hosting company and an android-using colleague has just had his personal email address used (unverified) to create an Apple ID and sign into various services e.g. iCloud, iMessage and Facetime. Despite the address being unverified, he now has to call Apple to remove the security questions from his account in order to prevent further action from the scammer.

My question is two-fold:

a) If I sign up for an Apple ID with my email (to prevent others using it) will I need an Apple Device to ensure it’s registration and/or will I be iSullied?

b) I have bought a number of domain names over the years, is there any way to prevent scammers from using addresses at my domains to register for an Apple ID?

Comments (6)

6 responses to “Unverified use of Apple Services”

  1. PincasX

    When you set up a new Apple ID you have to verify the email address with a code sent to it. So, if an Apple ID was set up using your co-workers email then their email account is compromised.

    • unfalln

      In reply to PincasX:

      The email address associated with the apple id was unverified, which presumably prevented the use of some services. He still got email notifications about the account being used to log in to icloud, facetime and imessage. He was able to contact a friend who deactivated the account and blocked the IMEI.

      • PincasX

        In reply to unfalln:

        What you are describing can’t happen unless you verify the email addesss being used as the Apple ID. Seriously, go create an Apple ID and try it.

        • unfalln

          In reply to PincasX:

          So if I were to buy a new iPhone and have no other devices handy to check my email, how far through the setup process could I get before it tells me that my account is unverified?

          • PincasX

            In reply to unfalln:

            I’m not sure I fully understand the question. You can set up a new iPhone without an Apple ID or iCloud account. You just wouldn’t be able to use the features related to them.

  2. lvthunder

    You can have an Apple ID without any Apple hardware. One of the original uses for an Apple ID is iTunes.