Ford knows who the reservation holder is and has their contact information. It wouldn't be too unreal of a stretch to see Ford calling or reaching out to confirm why one was not picked up by the reservation holder.I would think they'd have to show that financing was actually applied for.
If my dealer tries a $30K markup and I say "F off" he better not run my damn credit.
I am already waiting for them to try some credit shenanigans. They legally can't run it without my approval (Edmunds Article), and if they do, I know who to call. I follow the advice in the article to NOT allow them to run it early. I wait until everything is locked in so I know the amount to be financed before any credit is run. And certain credit monitoring apps? Yeah, they have notifications so you get an alert when it gets run. It helps to ensure they don't run it early and w/o permission.