Criminals Try to Schedule Spam in Google Calendar

A sophisticated scam is targeting Gmail users through fraudulent, unsolicited Google Calendar notifications as well as through other Google services, including Photos and Forms, according to Kaspersky. In these scams, criminals are exploiting Gmail calendar’s default feature that automatically adds calendar invitations and notifications. “We remain deeply committed to protecting all of our users from spam: we scan content on Photos for spam and provide users the ability to report spam in Calendar, Forms, Google Drive, and Google Photos, as well as block spammers from contacting them on Hangouts. “The ‘calendar scam’ is a very effective scheme, as most people have become used to receiving spam messages from emails or messenger apps,” said Maria Vergelis, security researcher at Kaspersky, in a press release. “To do so, open Google Calendar, click the settings Gear Icon, then on Event Settings. In addition to the Calendar service, scammers are also leveraging Google Photos, sending pictures that detail a large remittance that the recipient can receive if they reply to the email address supplied in the message.

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