Spammers are using a new trick to get the attention of Apple users – iCloud Calendar spam.
They send you a calendar invite, which appears in the Mac or iOS Calendar app, and the only way to respond is with the standard Accept, Decline, and Maybe options.
If you respond, the spammer will know that your address is active.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a way to get rid of the spam from within the Mac Calendar app, MacRumors reported. You have to use the iOS or iCloud Calendar app as follows:
- Open the Calendar app, tap Edit button, then add a new calendar.
- Give it name (e.g. “Spam”) and then tap Done.
- Select the spam invitation and move it to the new calendar. This only appears to work in iOS and Mac Calendar, not iCloud itself.
- On iOS, tap the “Calendars” button, tap the “i” button next to the spam calendar, and then tap “Delete Calendar”.
According to the report, it is also possible to change the iCloud calendar settings so you receive event notifications by email, rather than as in-app notifications.
On iCloud.com, launch Calendar, click the cog in the bottom-left corner, and click Preferences, then Advanced, and then select “Receive event invitations as: Email”.