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All of a sudden this week I started receiving emails from noreply@email.apple.com asking me if I want to subscribe to various obviously spam calendars such as:


"Subscribe to Apple Trusted’s “Longchamp Discount Event” , Find the latest styles and save up to 70% OFF" calendar?"


This is truly annoying. I have searched all over trying to figure out how to fix this and why it started happening but have found nothing. Is anyone else experiencing this or know how to make it stop?

MacBook Air, OS X El Capitan (10.11.5)

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Lionettelynn,


These emails are not from Apple. Use Identifying fraudulent "phishing" email - Apple Support to help you identify and report phishing.


If your ISP offers blacklisting you can blacklist that address. You can also use the Junk mail feature of Mail to reduce those emails from showing up in your inbox.

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Nov 4, 2016 1:18 PM in response to lionettelynn In response to lionettelynn

I'm responding to this thread because it's the first hit in a google search and it fails to resolve the issue at all.


The spam calendar invites are getting through the junk filters, and, in-fact, don't appear to have any email associated with them. I got an invite that filled up my entire calendar with meeting reminders without my having taken any action. Stupidly, because I needed to see something on my calendar and it was making it really difficult to find the *real* meeting i was looking for, I declined the invitation. It's now open season on my calendar.


Is this perhaps a virus on one of my iCloud connected computers that injecting these invites into my calendar? I genuinely have no idea how these are getting in, but without an email invitation to refer to, one can't report the phishing or really do much of anything beyond the "delete a calendar" work around.

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Nov 6, 2016 12:06 PM in response to lionettelynn In response to lionettelynn

I too was receiving notifications from 'Sybil Warren' regarding ray-ban items on sale and it created a calendar notification. This has happened before. Today, I clicked the calendar icon and deleted the calendar the notification was associated with (iCloud work). I was under the impression that it was coming in my calendar from my place of employment, but it is not and can be removed without removing the information you need. Hope that helps!

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Nov 14, 2016 9:16 AM in response to lionettelynn In response to lionettelynn

This has NOT been solved! The spam invitations are extremely annoying! Please give us a way to filter them out!


Or, at the VERY LEAST, give us a way to delete the invitations WITHOUT sending the spammer a "decline" message, which basically tells them that they have a real person on the hook and can do it even more!

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Nov 7, 2016 11:57 AM in response to lionettelynn In response to lionettelynn

I don't have a solution, I'm afraid, but wanted to say I have the same spam calendar invite (rayban) issue and chatted with Apple support about it. After 90 mins and after chatting with a more senior person, they advised they don't have any solution right now but are working on a fix. Don't delete the invite.

Maybe if anyone has time, if they chatted with Support like I did, this might get more resources to a quicker fix.

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Nov 25, 2016 6:10 AM in response to john buckingham In response to john buckingham

I didn't see it at first, either. Folks: the most helpful thing when you have a solution is to offer the exact steps for performing the task. That will save a lot of questions.


To do this:

Log into iCloud

Click on your Calendar

With Calendar open, locate the gear icon in the lower left corner and click on it.

Click on Preferences

Click the Advanced tab; down at the bottom of this window is the option to send invites via eMail.

Then if/when you receive an invite to your mail account, you can mark it as spam from there.


But bottom line, it's up to Apple to fix this very serious loophole. And they need to do it fast, as it is compromising everyone's confidence in using iCloud.

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Nov 7, 2016 11:49 AM in response to albertohuangtrash In response to albertohuangtrash

You don't need to reply to the invite, simply open it, move it to a calendar of your choice (I create one called SPAM, but anything works). Once all spammy invites have been moved to this calendar, delete the calendar, and all invites will go with it. No need to reply to any of the invites so sender will not be notified 🙂

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Nov 7, 2016 7:14 AM in response to lionettelynn In response to lionettelynn

I too, just got a similar Calendar notification. I have yet to find a solution for deleting this off of my calendar without validating my information to the spammer/fisher. I have reported this to Apple via abuse@icloud.com but in my limited experience, there is no present functionality to block / report the spammer within the Calendar invitation.

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Nov 15, 2016 9:16 PM in response to Stratic In response to Stratic

This problem first appeared in iOS 10, because of a big error by Apple programmers.

Do not decline the invitation! If you select it and choose "decline", the spammer will know he’s got a live victim. You will see an alert that says:

If you decline this event, the originator will be notified. You can view declined events by choosing Show Declined Events from the View menu. You can’t undo this action.


Apple gives us no way to delete it without notification, so we need to use a trick. This appears to be the only way to delete it without sending an acknowledgement:

1 Make a new calendar.

2 Move the ad to the new calendar.

3 Delete the new calendar.

You will be presented with the option to delete it without informing the SPAMMER.


To keep this from happening again, fix the error in your mobile devices (iPhone and iPad). Go to Settings -> Calendar and turn off Events Found in Apps. (That's the mistake made by Apple programmers.)

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More here:https://9to5mac.com/2016/11/09/icloud-photo-sharing-and-calendar-spam/

Unfortunately, Apple has no solution yet to the iPhoto sharing error.

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Jul 14, 2016 9:50 AM in response to lionettelynn In response to lionettelynn

Lionettelynn,


These emails are not from Apple. Use Identifying fraudulent "phishing" email - Apple Support to help you identify and report phishing.


If your ISP offers blacklisting you can blacklist that address. You can also use the Junk mail feature of Mail to reduce those emails from showing up in your inbox.

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Jul 14, 2016 8:30 AM in response to annie93 In response to annie93

Having the exact same issue. I originally started getting emails, and now the reminder app continues to pop up with notifications every few hours. I have reset my settings and my phone completely with no luck - thinking it might have something to do with the Apple ID itself? Incredibly irritating, am thinking of popping into a Genius Bar/Store and seeing what they say.

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Nov 4, 2016 1:18 PM in response to lionettelynn In response to lionettelynn

I'm responding to this thread because it's the first hit in a google search and it fails to resolve the issue at all.


The spam calendar invites are getting through the junk filters, and, in-fact, don't appear to have any email associated with them. I got an invite that filled up my entire calendar with meeting reminders without my having taken any action. Stupidly, because I needed to see something on my calendar and it was making it really difficult to find the *real* meeting i was looking for, I declined the invitation. It's now open season on my calendar.


Is this perhaps a virus on one of my iCloud connected computers that injecting these invites into my calendar? I genuinely have no idea how these are getting in, but without an email invitation to refer to, one can't report the phishing or really do much of anything beyond the "delete a calendar" work around.

Nov 4, 2016 1:18 PM

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Nov 6, 2016 7:23 AM in response to lionettelynn In response to lionettelynn

I got the spam last week and avoided "declining" to the possible booby trap. In my preferences only my iCloud CalDav is enabled. Will I be able to delete the spam without triggering it by disabling the CalDav calendar?

Nov 6, 2016 7:23 AM

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Nov 6, 2016 11:58 AM in response to lionettelynn In response to lionettelynn

I found this:

Log in to iCloud on the web, open your calendar, and go to ⚙ > Preferences. Under Advanced, you’ll find an option to receive calendar invitations by email instead of straight into your calendar.

Did it. will see!

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Nov 6, 2016 12:06 PM in response to lionettelynn In response to lionettelynn

I too was receiving notifications from 'Sybil Warren' regarding ray-ban items on sale and it created a calendar notification. This has happened before. Today, I clicked the calendar icon and deleted the calendar the notification was associated with (iCloud work). I was under the impression that it was coming in my calendar from my place of employment, but it is not and can be removed without removing the information you need. Hope that helps!

Nov 6, 2016 12:06 PM

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Nov 7, 2016 7:14 AM in response to lionettelynn In response to lionettelynn

I too, just got a similar Calendar notification. I have yet to find a solution for deleting this off of my calendar without validating my information to the spammer/fisher. I have reported this to Apple via abuse@icloud.com but in my limited experience, there is no present functionality to block / report the spammer within the Calendar invitation.

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