Scammers turning to bogus Google Calendar invitations to defraud consumers

Scammers turning to bogus Google Calendar invitations to defraud consumers

by Fraud.org

Don’t assume any appointment that pops up on your phone or computer’s Calendar app is legit. Scammers are hoping you will!

new invitation pops up on your Google Calendar, alerting you that you won a prize! Awesome! But not so fast – scammers are turning to Google Calendar as a new method of contacting potential fraud victims. Don’t become one!

The scam works like this: First, a fraudster sends a calendar invitation to a victim’s email address. The default setting for a Google Calendar is to automatically update a user’s calendar to include invitation messages whether or not the user accepts the invitation. Often, these invitations to fake events inform the recipient they won a prize or have received a wire transfer. The invitation may include a pithy summary urging the consumer to open an attachment or click on a link. 

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