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What is the Google Calendar Scam and How to Stop It?

Google Calendar Scam is where cybercriminals take advantage of a Google Calendar setting that lets anyone place event invites in another user's calendar. In the scam, an event will pop up in a user's Google Calendar and invite him/her take a survey or claim a cash reward by entering personal and financial information.

What is the Google Calendar Scam and How to Stop It?
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How to Stop the Google Calendar Scam

  • Open Google Calendar Settings by going to: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/r/settings?pli=1

    Google Calendar
  • Choose "Event Settings" on the left
  • Change the option that says "Automatically add invitations" to "No" to only show invitations to which I have responded.
  • Scroll down the page to "View Options" and uncheck the box that says "Show declined events." This prevents Google Calendar from showing spam that you’ve declined.
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  • March 28, 2020 at 6:38 PM by an anonymous user from: Kingston, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

    I do not have any of these options on my google calendar. the screen is completely different. the only option I have is to turn off "events from google" but this has not cleared my calendar of the Russian spam

    Greg

  • September 21, 2019 at 6:53 AM by info

    Received this scam:

    "From: Google Calendar [mailto:calendar-notification@google.com]

    Sent: Friday, September 20, 2019 2:20 AM

    Subject: Notification: Congratulations @ Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:30am - 3:30am (CDT)

    Congratulations

    Hi

    Congratulations from the Azim PremjI Philanthropies Foundation-India, where life changing opportunities and cash are given-out on a daily basis! Our foundation/founder has indeed been a great Philanthropist to this generation and is truly committed to “giving while living,”. However, We are pleased to inform you that you are one (1) of the lucky people to benefit and receive $1,500,000.00 USD from our foundation’s ongoing goodwill project, grant/donations program.

    Is this message sent to a valid e-mail account? Your email account was randomly selected to receive a cash donation of $1,500,000.00 USD from the Philanthropist. If this is a valid e-mail account, then click reply to contact us directly for comprehensive information.

    For more details visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azim_Premji ) or Google Azim Premji.

    Contact E-mail( holdingazim@outlook.com)

    Sincerely,

    Dileep Ranjekar,

    CEO, Azim PremjI Foundation

    http://azimpremjifoundation.org/"

  • September 17, 2019 at 2:04 PM by an anonymous user from: Glenrothes, Scotland, United Kingdom

    Doing all of the above does not stop the events coming. I still get them even after setting No, only show invitations to which I respond.

    Also even after unchecking show declined events. These annoying invites still come.

  • September 3, 2019 at 9:32 AM by info

    This just appeared in my calendar"

    "You have been invited to attend an event...

    Accept Decline Check Availability

    Subject Google Security Alert

    Attendees: @googlemail.com

    When: Monday, September 2, 2019

    At 4:38:54 AM.

    Location: Your device have 5 viruses remove them now using Google Security download from : -

    Reminder 10 minutes

    Your device have 5 viruses remove them now using Google Security download from : -"

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What is the Google Calendar Scam and How to Stop It?