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Kingston Police warn of new Gmail calendar phishing scam

Photo by Joseph Gruenthal.

If you use Google’s free calendar service to schedule business or personal events, keep an eye out for the fake notifications currently going around.

According to Kingston Police, scammers are using unsolicited Google Calendar notifications in an attempt to trick users into clicking phishing links. The scammers can then steal your information, or install malware on your computer.

The scammers send a realistic-looking Google Calendar invite, complete with a meeting topic and location information, Kingston Police said in a press release on Wednesday, Jun. 3, 2019. The event details will then contain a link which users are prompted to click to “see more information.”

“At first glance, the link appears to take you to a Google website, but beware,” the press release reads.

“If you click the link, your computer could be infected with malware, or your bank (or other) account information could be stolen in you unknowingly provide data to the scammers”

Kingston Police provided the following tips to avoid falling for scams like this:

  • Never click links in emails or in-calendar notifications that you weren’t expecting. Even if you were expecting an email or an event invite, pick up the phone or use an alternative channel of communication to confirm whether the sender is legitimate.
  • Always hover over links to see where they’re taking you before clicking. The link may take you to a different address from the URL that is shown.
  • Don’t fall victim by clicking a link to gain something of value – like an unexpected payment. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Delete any suspicious emails immediately.
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