5.3 If you are paying by credit card, then you must supply your credit card details when you place your Order. Your credit card will be charged when we issue your Invoice or on shipment of your Products. We will not commence the manufacture of your Products neither will we supply the Products to you nor perform the Services until your credit card issuer has authorised the use of your card for payment of the Products ordered. If we do not receive such authorisation we shall let you know. Your credit card billing address must be in the United Kingdom or the Isle of Man. We reserve the right to verify the identity of the credit card holder by requesting appropriate documentation.
About this: "...our reader - who works in the IT industry and does not want to incur the fruity firm's wrath by revealing her name
Yeah if you are stupid enough to not read the fine print and panic after
you've handed over all of the info, and then complain about it. Pffft. And you know what. She may as well just answer the phone or poor some tea/coffee in the cups of the real IT guns. Like it matters what she does for a living, because to me the only thing that counts is what she did i.e. e-mail a copy of her passport. Which IMHO she should not have done in the first place.
Now the crux of the story. Apple will only do this when they believe that something suspicious is going on. They have to verify the identity as a counter measure to address credit card fraud / identity theft. Let's not forget folks that Apple may in fact have info, from credit card firms for example, that this person/card is used (before) in fraudulent transactions. But nobody really knows... without additional details.
I for one like what Apple did, simply because that may eventually stop my card from getting used by someone else. And if you've been hit by fraudulent transaction, then and only then you will know what it means.
Edit: It doesn't matter what she does so I changed my post a bit.Edited by Pike - 5/14/13 at 5:35am