LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Spammers have found a new way to catch mobile phone users’ attention – iPhone calendar invites.
iPhone users across the country have reported receiving the calendar invites for deals and sales on everything from Michael Kors handbags to Ray-Ban sunglasses to NFL jerseys. The invites come from users like “rddvpt” or “ncsxog” and occasionally include Chinese characters, suggesting the spam invitations are originating from China.
The number of invites appears to have increased in the week prior to Thanksgiving and Black Friday, prompting many Mac-focused publications to offer advice and workarounds to avoid the newest form of spam.
According to CNET, there is no official solution yet – the invites cannot be marked as spam, and allowed calendar invites cannot be limited to people in the user’s contacts list. And unfortunately, declining the invite will signal to the spammer that your email is in active use.