Spammers have figured out how to send unwelcome invites to your Google Calendar, and there have been a few incidents reported to the NC State Help Desk. If you receive strange or inappropriate calendar events on your desktop or mobile devices (e.g., laptop, tablet, phone), follow these steps:
- DO NOT decline the event. Doing so will alert spammers that they have found an active account.
- Instead, REPORT the event as spam.
- On your computer, open the calendar event invitation.
- In the Going section at the top of your calendar appointment, click Report spam.
When you report it, all events from that sender will be removed from your calendar.
Note: You won’t see the option to report the event as spam if you’ve already responded (e.g., declined, accepted) to the calendar event.
- Check your event settings.
If you don’t want to see events on your calendar that you haven’t replied to, you can change your Google Calendar settings.
- On your computer, open Google Calendar.
- In the top right corner, click the drop-down arrow next to the Gear icon and select Settings.
- In the General tab, find Automatically add invitations to my calendar.
- Select No, only show invitations to which I have responded.
Keep in mind that changing this setting means that other people will see your time as available/free until an invite is accepted. Pending invites do not block your calendar from the possibility of being double-booked.
- Direct all questions to the NC State Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.515.4357 (HELP).
For additional information, see Report inappropriate calendars or events.