Avatar of Howie Kay
Howie KayFlag for United States of America

asked on 

How prevalent are duplicate email accounts?

Apple has sold over 800 million iPhones worldwide, each with a AppleId email account.  Apple requires the AppleId email account be linked to a non Apple email server for email storage.    These non Apple email servers are used to establish credit and debit accounts with MasterCard and Visa in the USA.  Other similar transaction companies are used in the United Kingdom and other countries.   Each account on MasterCard and Visa must be linked to a bank account for money transfer upon a user's purchase from a merchant.   Now all of these contacts are linked together individually and securely for  each owner of the email address.
However, there is one small problem.  With 800 million AppleIdAccounts is it possible for a duplicated email address to be created and used?
The unfortunate answer is yes.
My wife shares a duplicate AppleId email address with a person in Scotland with the same name.   This duplicate is created when the persons name is attached to the  suffix  @icloud.com in the Applied email address.  Apparently every Apple account has an @icloud.com address created when the non Apple email server address is created.
The obvious solution is not to use your name when you create an Apple inked email address.  I used an acronym of our first and last names.  My wife used her proper name.  I guess most folks use their name when the non apple email server will permit it's use.

Internet / Email SoftwareEmail Servers

Avatar of undefined
Last Comment
Dave Baldwin
Avatar of Dave Baldwin
Dave Baldwin
Flag of United States of America image

Blurred text
View this solution by signing up for a free trial.
Members can start a 7-Day free trial and enjoy unlimited access to the platform.
See Pricing Options
Start Free Trial
Avatar of Howie Kay
Howie Kay
Flag of United States of America image


Thanks Dave,  your reply, it is appreciated.

I agree,  this only effects email users with non unique email services.  

Avatar of Dave Baldwin
Dave Baldwin
Flag of United States of America image

You're welcome!
Email Servers
Email Servers

Within Internet message handling services (MHS), a message transfer agent or mail transfer agent (MTA) or mail relay is software that transfers electronic mail messages from one computer to another using a client–server application architecture. A MTA implements both the client (sending) and server (receiving) portions of the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). The terms mail server, mail exchanger, and MX host may also refer to a computer performing the MTA function. The Domain Name System (DNS) associates a mail server to a domain with mail exchanger (MX) resource records containing the domain name of a host providing MTA services.

Top Experts
Get a personalized solution from industry experts
Ask the experts
Read over 600 more reviews


IBM logoIntel logoMicrosoft logoUbisoft logoSAP logo
Qualcomm logoCitrix Systems logoWorkday logoErnst & Young logo
High performer badgeUsers love us badge
LinkedIn logoFacebook logoX logoInstagram logoTikTok logoYouTube logo