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

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

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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.

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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  • 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?