Report strange or inappropriate Google Calendar events

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 or 919.515.4357 (HELP).

For additional information, see Report inappropriate calendars or events.