Over the years I've received the occasional password reset from a service I've never used (or even heard of sometimes). As far as I can tell, the emails are genuinely being generated and sent by the service. Still, I always ignore them.

But, more recently, this has been ramping up, to the point where I recevied dozens of password reset emails from Apple within a few hours. I do have and have never had an account with any of Apple's services.

So, why am I getting these? Is this some kind of attack? What is the aim/goal of this? Is there anything I can do about this, or should I just continue to ignore all of it?

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    If someone were to make up a quick bogus email address like smith@hotmail.com, what are the odds that your email might match a made up one? Mar 21 at 16:12
  • We get a question like this every month. It is most likely that someone is entering your email address by mistake when asking for an email reset.
    – schroeder
    Mar 21 at 21:06
  • And that someone is probably wondering why Apple isn't sending them a password reset to 'their' email account
    – Ángel
    Mar 21 at 21:54
  • It's very unlikely that someone accidentally used my email address, since it's not common (i.e., unlike what @user10216038 suggested above), so I'm not particularly convinced by that explanation. Even considering the law of large numbers, I find it unlikely.
    – markrian
    Mar 22 at 19:20
  • @schroeder Can you point/link to similar questions to this one? I honestly searched for a while, but couldn't find anything similar. Perhaps my search terms weren't quite right?
    – markrian
    Mar 22 at 19:22