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