Luke Kurtis (via Andrew Orr):
About a week after I redeemed the gift card, I noticed that my iTunes account was not working. When I tried to sign in, it said my account was locked. I searched the web for help, but I couldn't find a solution. I called Apple support. […] The senior agent informed me that my account had been locked because I had used a fraudulent gift card. […] Apparently all she had to do was escalate this to Apple's internal security team who, because she had been monitoring my account, would reactivate everything within 24 hours.[…]
Except that after 24 hours there had been no word. Even after a few days, the agent was nowhere to be found, even after I sent her directly. I ended up calling back to the main support line to start with a new agent […] "There is nothing else you can do, there is no escalation path."[…]
But when Apple locked my account, all my devices became virtually useless. At first it seemed like a mild drawback, but I soon found out how many apps on my iOS and Mac devices couldn't be updated, not to mention how I couldn't download anything new. When I had to take a trip due to an emergency in the family, the JetBlue app did not allow me access to my boarding card and said I had to update the app to use it.[…]
All in all, I was locked out of my account for about two months. Had I not used my internal Apple contacts, I might not have recovered the account.
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