Handling Scam Google Calendar Invites

If you've received a mysterious calendar invite from an address like unknownorganizer@calendar.google.com for an event that has you scratching your head, you may have encountered "calendar phishing." These occur when a scammer sends a legitimate calendar invite from a random account trying to get you to click on a bogus URL or may even be sending an email via the invite as they begin to hook you with their scheme.

Besides not clicking on the links in the invitation, you may also consider disabling auto acceptance of calendar invites. Here's how to adjust your Calendar settings:

  1. From your Google Calendar, click the settings Gear Icon, then on Event Settings.
  2. For the Automatically add invitations option, click on the dropdown menu and select No, only show invitations to which I've responded.
  3. Below this, in the View Options section, make sure Show declined events is NOT checked, unless you specifically wish to view these.
  4. Any changes will be saved automatically.
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