If you opened Google Calendar recently, you might have noticed a lot of spam events added to your calendar. If you have, then you’re definitely not the only one.
It appears that spammers have found a way to add events to user’s calendars without them noticing or doing anything. Users have reported seeing vague offers like “WIN A FREE iPHONE!” on their calendar in the past couple of weeks. In case you were wondering, Google recently added a feature that added events to calendars when users got an invite to a certain event. This was a handy feature as it made sure that event invites are not lost in emails. Unfortunately, this also meant that random people who have your emails could push invites on your calendar without your permission. To make matters worse, spammers are using the same technique to send spam emails that bypass Gmail’s anti-spam filter and those invites end up in Calendar.
We’re aware of the spam occurring in Calendar and are working diligently to resolve this issue. We’ll post updates to this thread as they become available. Learn how to report and remove spam. Thank you for your patience.
– Google (via Google Forums)
In the meantime, you could open Google Calendar on your PC and click one of the recurring spam events in question, click the three-dot button near the top right of the popup, and hit “Report as spam”. Moreover, you could also disable the feature until Google fixes the problem. To do that, follow the steps below.
- Go to Google Calendar on your computer
- Click the cog in the upper right, then hit settings
- On the list on the left, click “Event settings”
- Look for the “Automatically add invitations” option. Change this to “No, only show invitations to which I have responded”
One thing you should remember is to not click on any of the links as it will just attract more spam emails from the spammers. The auto-add invite is handy but Google needs to figure out a permanent solution for the problem.