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Summary

Spammers are everywhere in the world, it can create spam to attack your device through text messages, social media, and emails. Recently, many users had reported they discovered the Google Calendar spam in their system. Till now, there are a surprising number of people who have been affected since Google Calendar can be installed on various platforms.

People will undoubtedly get a headache when it comes to spam. The spam is able to mess up your inbox terribly after getting through the filters. At the end of August 2019, Google Calendar spam was discovered on different platforms; the unwanted junk emails finally find their way into people’s calendar.

Google Calendar spam

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How Does Google Calendar Spam Work

The spammers were working on new types of email messages. Now they succeed, the spam can attack your Google Calendar by exploiting a feature in Gmail as well as calendar integration.

  1. Google Calendar invite will be added automatically to your calendar.
  2. The invites will remain as an outline before you click to accept them.
  3. Even after that, the invites will still be kept in your Google Calendar.
  4. Once you click on the link hidden in event description, you will be brought to a dangerous webpage.
  5. The website will lure you to fill out forms containing personal information.
  6. Even the seemly innocuous things hanging on the image will trick you to download some malware to your device.

How to send a Google Calendar invite from a browser?

Tip: Though the tracking cookies installed on most websites are not malicious, they will still cause privacy concerns.

Be Cautious with the Malicious Links

You can see the spam message easily by clicking the event description. But you should be very careful when doing that since malicious links are often hidden there. The junk mail senders want to get users to a specially crafted website by clicking that malicious links.

In this way, the senders can do a lot of things:

  • Decide whether the account receiving the junk email is active or not.
  • Add the account to more lists so it will receive more unsolicited emails soon afterwards.

Those malicious links may contain virus to attack & ruin your system; click here if you find some files have been deleted by the virus.

What Google has done for protecting users from the spam in Google Calendar?

The Google spokesperson made it clear in a recent interview that Google’s terms of service won't allow users to spread malicious content through it. In addition, Google will make a list of the known malicious URLs to warn Google Chrome browser.

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How to Stop Calendar Spam

Block Automatic Google Calendar Invitation

The event invites are set to be added automatically by default in Google Calendar settings. The following guide shows you how to turn it off:

  1. Find the Settings icon (look like a gear) on the top-right of the display.
  2. Click on it and select Settings.
  3. Find Event settings from the left sidebar and choose it.
  4. Take a look at the right panel to find Automatically add invitations option.
  5. Click on the arrow to choose No, only show invitations to which I have responded.

Automatically add invitations

Stop Adding Events from Gmail

Events can also be extracted from Gmail directly to Google Calendar. Sometimes, the Calendar invite spam sent by malicious people will be shown on your Calendar even if it has been put into the spam folder in Gmail. The following tutorial tells you how to block this feature:

  1. Click on the gear icon and select Settings from the drop-down list.
  2. Shift to Events from Gmail from the left sidebar.
  3. Find the Automatically add events from Gmail to my calendar option from the right sidebar.
  4. Uncheck the option and click on the OK button in the prompt window to confirm the change.

Automatically add events from Gmail to my calendar

Accept for this, you can uncheck the Show declined events option to prevent Google Calendar from displaying the declined events.

That’s how you should deal with the Google Calendar spam properly.

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