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Question: Notification in calendar: Won iPhone Xs Max

I had something appear on my calendar indicating I've won an iPhone X s Max, and it provided a link to click on. Obviously, I didn't click. Is this a scam/phising?


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Aug 23, 2019 11:02 AM in response to ARC2498 In response to ARC2498

I got this just now also -- it looks to me like it's a google calendar invite issue -- if you guys can confirm if you're using google calendars, that'd be helpful. If so, here's what I did to hopefully prevent future instances of this. Log in to your gmail account at calendar.google.com, then click on the gear icon on the upper right, select settings in the left-hand menu, and then click on "Event Settings" -- there's an entry: "Automatically add invitations", that in my case was set to "Yes" (this is the default) -- I changed it to "No, only display invitations to which I have responded".

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Aug 23, 2019 11:19 AM in response to bulbous In response to bulbous

FYI -- It looks like mashable (and probably every other tech news site around) reported on this around June 17th this year: https://mashable.com/article/google-calendar-scam/

That includes the same instructions I gave for disabling the automatic inclusion of these invitations in your calendar.

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Aug 23, 2019 10:47 AM in response to ARC2498 In response to ARC2498

That's weird, that just happened to me too. It surprised me that your post was made today lol sounds like lots of people received the notification. I have an Android phone and it looks like the next five days in my calendar have a notification for "winning a free iPhone XS" that appeared out of nowhere. Why would so many people receive it? Did you receive the notification on iPhone, or an Android like me?

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Aug 23, 2019 11:02 AM in response to ARC2498 In response to ARC2498

I got this just now also -- it looks to me like it's a google calendar invite issue -- if you guys can confirm if you're using google calendars, that'd be helpful. If so, here's what I did to hopefully prevent future instances of this. Log in to your gmail account at calendar.google.com, then click on the gear icon on the upper right, select settings in the left-hand menu, and then click on "Event Settings" -- there's an entry: "Automatically add invitations", that in my case was set to "Yes" (this is the default) -- I changed it to "No, only display invitations to which I have responded".

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Aug 23, 2019 11:02 AM in response to LovelyBri_1 In response to LovelyBri_1

It brings me to a website error screen saying that the server I'm trying to reach is down lol the website is something like "Sweet Prizes Today" seems like there was some sort of scam bot that breached the Gmail calender for a bunch of us

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Aug 23, 2019 11:07 AM in response to paulvanemmerik In response to paulvanemmerik

read my earlier reply -- it's because google by defaults will show invitations that haven't been accepted or rejected. You can change that via settings though, as detailed in my other reply (vote it helpful so it shows at the top, and it's easier for others to get this fixed).

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Aug 23, 2019 11:19 AM in response to bulbous In response to bulbous

FYI -- It looks like mashable (and probably every other tech news site around) reported on this around June 17th this year: https://mashable.com/article/google-calendar-scam/

That includes the same instructions I gave for disabling the automatic inclusion of these invitations in your calendar.

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