How to Delete iCloud Calendar Spam Without Alerting Spammers

A large number of iCloud users have reportedly received spam in the form of unsolicited Calendar event invitations over the last week.

Suspect Black Friday offers for cheap goods have been appearing in personal iCloud calendars, with the default options to "Accept", "Maybe" or "Decline" appearing at first to be the only way to respond to them.

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Unfortunately choosing any of these options simply notifies the spammer that the account is active and ready for more unsolicited offers. Instead, users are advised to try the following alternative method for removing the spam events on their iOS devices.

  1. Open the Calendar app and tap the "Calendars" button at the bottom of the screen.

  2. Tap the Edit button and on the next screen, select the "Add Calendars" option.

  3. Give the calendar an easily recognizable throwaway name, like "Spam", and tap "Done" at the top of the screen until you're back on the Calendar screen.

  4. Select the spam invitation and move it to the "Spam" calendar you just made.

  5. Tap the "Calendars" button at the top of the screen, tap the "i" button next to the Spam calendar, and on the next screen, tap "Delete Calendar" at the very bottom of the screen menu.
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That should rid you of the unwanted spam event, leaving spammers none the wiser.

Update: Some readers have noted another option is to change iCloud calendar settings to receive event notifications by email rather than as in-app notifications. Logging into iCloud via a web browser, open the Calendar, click the cog in the bottom left corner to go to Preferences -> Advanced and then select "Receive event invitations as: Email". This lets users delete the spam calendar events as emails instead.

(Thanks, Jeff!)

Tag: spam


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33 months ago
I don't understand why Apple allows total strangers to add events to your calendar just because they have your email address. What a huge oversight.
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33 months ago
Ugh. This has happened to me long long before Black Friday. And I've never been able to get rid of it. Only it's in my reminders. The minute I delete it. It comes back. Trying to sell ray bans. Drives me crazy.
Rating: 18 Votes
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33 months ago
But what if I WANT a buy one get one free breast enlargement? It comes with free Raybans after all.
Rating: 17 Votes
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33 months ago
I wish Apple would address this, so we don't have to use this kludgy work arounds
Rating: 16 Votes
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33 months ago

I don't understand why Apple allows total strangers to add events to your calendar just because they have your email address. What a huge oversight.


It's not just Apple - Google, Microsoft and every other "groupware" provider has exactly the same functionality: It's not adding them to your calendar, but sending you an invitation to an event that shows in your calendar as tentative until it's accepted or declined. Technically, it's no different than sending an email to someone (the invitations are sent via email)

What Apple can do to improve the situation though is to provide an easy way of deleting an invitation without sending a reply and also improve their spam filtering to block out the worst of the senders. Maybe another option would be to allow people to restrict invitations to people only on your contact list but that could be too restrictive for some people

You can also disable in-app notifications about invitations and receive them via email which would stop them automatically appearing in your calendar
Rating: 14 Votes
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33 months ago
I have gotten like 4 of these since last Wednesday... hope Apple is doing something because this could get extremely annoying fast.
Rating: 10 Votes
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33 months ago

Hi,
[USER=223459]@iRockMan1[/USER], the events are not added thanks to your email, but thanks to in-app notifications.

This post is good to remove existing invites, but if you want to prevent them (you will still need to remove the existing ones following this post procedure), see the approved comment @
http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/258424/spam-icloud-calendar-invitation

to sum-up:
1- login to you icloud account (via an internet browser),
2- go to the calendar
3- click on the wheel (bottom left corner),
4- Preferences
5- Advanced
6- in invitations menu, select Email to instead of In-app notifications.

Also, good practice, never ever refuse a spam invitation, or unsubscribe to a spam mailing list, it will just tell the spamer that your mail is in use :)
Cheers,
Cedric.

This method stops invites across the board, good and bad. Not a fix for those who rely on invite notifications and use them daily.
Rating: 9 Votes
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33 months ago
But they said they really care about privacy..
Rating: 8 Votes
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33 months ago
Hi,
[USER=223459]@iRockMan1[/USER], the events are not added thanks to your email, but thanks to in-app notifications.

This post is good to remove existing invites, but if you want to prevent them (you will still need to remove the existing ones following this post procedure), see the approved comment @
http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/258424/spam-icloud-calendar-invitation

to sum-up:
1- login to you icloud account (via an internet browser),
2- go to the calendar
3- click on the wheel (bottom left corner),
4- Preferences
5- Advanced
6- in invitations menu, select Email to instead of In-app notifications.

Also, good practice, never ever refuse a spam invitation, or unsubscribe to a spam mailing list, it will just tell the spamer that your mail is in use :)
Cheers,
Cedric.
Rating: 6 Votes
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33 months ago
Instead of having to waste time on all these instructions, Apple should be patching this loophole, so that people don't have to deal with this garbage in the first place...
Rating: 5 Votes
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