An increasing number of people are reporting that their calendars are being bombarded with spam invitations.
In the example shown below, the invitation is claiming that the recipient has won an Apple iPhone X.
You Have Won iphoneX from AppleStore
► Apple Store – [LINK]
✅ Free i Phone X s is yours, fill your delivery address, offer available for 8 hours.
✅ Go to – [LINK]
Sorry to break the bad news, but you haven’t really won an iPhone X.
And, of course, you shouldn’t visit the link as who knows what might lurk at the end of it. It could range from anything to a survey scam to a webpage attempting to phish your passwords, or even install malware.
It isn’t new for spammers to spread their campaigns via calendar invitations rather than email, but the technique does seem to have grown in popularity recently.
The truth is that spammers are using the technique through sheer desperation. They want their scam messages to appear in front of as many eyeballs as possible, and as email filters have improved in filtering traditional spam messages alternative methods have had to be deployed.
The bad guys’ hope is someone somewhere might just click on their link.
Fortunately you can prevent unwanted spam invitations from cluttering up your Google calendar without losing much in the way of functionality.
- Go to your Google calendar, and click on the gear icon near the top right of the screen. Choose Settings from the drop-down menu that appears
- Select Event settings from the choices in the left-hand menu bar.
- Change the Automatically add invitations setting from Yes to No, only show invitations to which I have responded.
Following these steps will prevent Google Calendar from automatically adding any invitations that are emailed to you. From now on you’ll have to respond to event invitations you receive for them to appear in your calendar.
I’m sure for some that will be an inconvenience too far. But if you’re being swamped by spam invitations it may be the best course of action for now.