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If you use Google’s free calendar service to schedule business or personal events, be on the lookout for fake notifications going around. The bad guys are using unsolicited Google Calendar notifications to trick you into clicking phishing links so they can steal your information or install malware on your computer.
Here’s how it works: Scammers send a realistic-looking Google Calendar invite complete with a meeting topic and location information. Some of these fake events even claim that you’re entitled to a cash payment. The event details contain a link that you’re prompted to click to “see more information”. At first glance, the link appears to take you to a Google website, but beware! If you click the link your computer could be infected with malware, or your bank (or other) account information could be stolen if you unknowingly provide any data to the scammers.