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Thursday, 12 January 2012

"John Dillinger" / "Apple Store - Important information about your Apple ID"

This email was actually sent by Apple, apparently to a famous bank robber, John Dillinger.

Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 01:37:23 +0000 (GMT)
From: Apple [appleid@id.apple.com]
Subject: Apple Store - Important information about your Apple ID

    Apple Online Store   
Order Status     Account     Help    
Dear John Dillinger
Welcome to the Apple Online Store. We wanted to share some information with you about your Apple ID, which allows you to personalize your Apple Online Store experience and helps you access other Apple resources.
Your Apple ID is your current email address.  You can use the password you created when you set up your account online. If you forget or need to reset your password, go to My Apple ID.
By using your Apple ID on the Apple Online Store, you have access to your account information online.  You can save carts until you're ready to place an order, check the status of or change your order, track your shipments, view your order history, maintain your account information, check Apple Gift Card balances, and much more.
Additionally, your Apple ID gives you access to other Apple resources, including:
• Buying music, movies, TV shows, and more at the iTunes Store
• Buying or downloading applications for your iPod touch or iPhone using the App Store
• Ordering photos and photobooks through iPhoto
• Registering your Apple products
• Accessing support for your products from AppleCare
• Getting One to One personal training and other services at an Apple Retail Store
Sign in to Your Account, to take advantages of the benefits of your Apple ID on the Apple Online Store. To learn more about your Apple ID, visit the Your Account section of online Help.
We also want you to know that the security of your personal information is important to us.  For more information on how Apple protects your personal information, please refer to the Apple Customer Privacy Policy.
Thank you for choosing Apple,
The Apple Store Team

Indeed, an Apple account has been created for this email address. But not by me. Upon inspection, the Apple account has no information in it apart from the "John Dillinger" name, and it's a simple matter to reset the password to thwart whatever it going on here.

The email is quite genuine, coming from an Apple IP ( and with all the links pointing to Apple and not another site. And it seems that I am not alone in receiving this email.

If you have had the same email, please consider letting me know in the comments!


Greg Baker said...

Yep, got one just like it myself this morning.

kwaaui said...

Got one too

ale said...

Me too, is this some phishing?

Conrad Longmore said...

@ale, it's not a phish. These are registrations at the Apple store. Not sure why.. perhaps someone is creating false accounts to rate products or apps?

maina said...

Me Too! And I can't reset it!

Andre Holzner said...
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Andre Holzner said...

I'm wondering whether it's just somebody feeding (spam) lists of email addresses to apple or whether they were hacked.

If it's the former, I wonder why there is no sign of request for confirming the email address ?

Conrad Longmore said...

@Andre In my case the email address was probably scraped, I use a completely different email address for my Apple account.

Googling around, I can see the same email hitting some mailing lists, which indicates that it is possible scraped.

Kurt Miller said...

Got one too

Kurt Miller said...

Got one too

Unknown said...
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Unknown said...

me too

Neo said...

here too. Its time for apple to implement a captcha

LoginDOT.com said...

Me too!

LoginDOT.com said...
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Adriano Esposito said...

Me too...

ICeman said...

I got several, seems that Apple accounts were created with each of my e-mail accounts. And the accounts work, I've even reset the password of one of them.
I wonder what's the purpose of this...

Adriano Esposito said...

> And the accounts work, I've even reset the password of one of them.

Same for me.

> And the accounts work, I've even reset the password of one of them.

Really odd. I hope Apple is not involved.

Anyway I want my "fake" Apple ID deleted!

Apple, yuhuh listen to me, this is crap...