"Your iPhone Xs is Ready For Pickup Google Calendar" Scam

Online scammers are using Google Calendar to place "Your iPhone Xs is Ready For Pickup" event that will pop up in a user's Google Calendar and invite him/her take a survey in order to receive an iPhone X smartphone. The links in the event will take potential victims to phishing websites that steal online account credentials and credit card information, or to fraudulent websites that trick visitors into purchasing unwanted services. The fake event popup events or messages can be stopped by changing a default setting in Google Calendar. Please see the instructions below.

Your iPhone Xs is Ready For Pickup Google Calendar Scam
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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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  • September 5, 2019 at 11:37 PM by an anonymous user from: Paris, Ile-de-France, France

    Thanks for this helpful post.

    It's worth pointing out that there are a lot of posts out there inciting people to install "Removal" or "Clean-up" tools that are quite unnecessary and some may be malicious.

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