Scammers are taking aim at your Google Calendar. Here’s how to keep them away from scheduling spam – or worse.
The day after Labor Day is when the world wakes up to the end of summer.
For many, it’s back to the daily grind of work, school, and life and being a slave to the email inbox and Google Calendar.
Those who live and die by their Google Calendar need to be aware of a new scam going around involving setting up a recurring event – in this case, picking up a new iPhone X.
Here’s the email that landed in my inbox this morning.
Immediately, this jumps out for a scam because I didn’t order a new iPhone and know that no store – no legit store at least – is open at 11:30pm.
Generally, I’d just mark this as spam and block the sender, but this is a Google Calendar invite.
I jumped over to my Google Calendar and sure enough…
Thankfully, this scam is easy to spot in my Calendar, since I’ve got nothing else going on.
If you woke up to find this scam sitting in your inbox and found your Google Calendar filled with weeks full of spam, here’s how to get rid of the issue once and for all.
- Look for the gear icon in the top right corner of your Google calendar and click on Settings.
- From there, in the left column, click on the Event settings.
- Find the box titled “Automatically add invitations.”
- Unclick to “No, only show invitations to which I have responded.”
Next, go to the actual event, and click delete all.
The good news – the scam event is gone.
The bad news – events are no longer automatically added to your calendar. You’ll have to do that manually now.
Here’s a video explaining how to report the scam to Google, so they can hopefully put an end to the problem.
Chris Illuminati is a 5-time published author and recovering a**hole who writes about success, fitness, parenting and professional wrestling. Reach out to him on Instagram & Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org.