Iphone Calendar scam

What is iPhone Calendar Spam!

How iPhone Calendar spam works

You can easily keep track of upcoming events by using Apple’s Calendar app, which comes preinstalled on all iPhones. Unquestionably, it is one of the best apps, but unfortunately, scammers have recently tried to use it to promote scam sites and ads.

Just know that you must have been hit by iPhone Calendar spam if your iPhone’s calendar has been acting up all weird. Usually, users ignore it and do not take the necessary precautions for it which can be really dangerous for them.

To know if your iPhone has spam just see what kind of ads you are receiving usually they are questionable websites or malicious applications. 

If you have seen such spamming notifications, there is a possibility that you have somewhere subscribed to a malicious calendar unknowingly. No one does it knowingly and hence you might have accidentally clicked on a pop-up during browsing through a website.

How iPhone Calendar spam works

It is most common for Calendar spam messages to be sent as a result of illegal streams or adult sites with a lot of pop-ups. Malicious websites are often redirected to users from sites that contain embedded code. 

Most of these notifications promote dangerous websites with names that sound similar to:

  • The virus has severely damaged your iPhone
  • Apple Support: You need to download protection
  • Urgent: Your Data and Browsing Activity is exposed
  • Hurray, you won an iPhone
  • Virus Alert – Check protection
  • Your device is detected as infected.
  • iCloud has been hacked
  • Warning: Scan your device now!
  • Critical System Alert!
  • Looks Like Your Tab May Be Damaged

Unknowingly you will get worried and will land yourself on a website that would be completely unrelated to the message you got on the calendar.

How to protect yourself from shady websites

  • The most important thing you should do is to avoid using any untrusted websites, stream on reputable websites that will also minimize the risk of scams.
  • Download Trend Micro Mobile Security today. It will help you to browse the internet safely and in peace without taking any advantage of your personal data.
  • The web guard feature will allow you to use web browsers without any nightmares. It will automatically avoid popping up notifications for malicious and dangerous websites. 
  • SafeSurfing — The coolest feature is this built-in secure web browser that will protect you from all kinds of online threats.

How to delete spam Calendar events

Always make sure that you are never clicking on any links that contain spam events. Strictly prohibit clicking on them as they can steal your personal data, and install malware on your iPhone. 

Even if you were to remove the events manually from the Calendar, as long as you are subscribed to the malicious calendar, you will continue to receive the spam events. 

You will continue to receive messages until you unsubscribe from the calendar even if you are continuously removing events manually. Hence, you will have to completely remove the calendar from your iPhone.

This is how you can do that:

 iOS version 14.6 and later

  1. The first thing you would need to do is  Launch the Calendars app.
  2. Then click on the spam Calendar event.
  3. You will see an option to Unsubscribe from this Calendar button at the bottom of the screen, click on it.
  4. Confirm by selecting unsubscribe.

In case you are still receiving spam calendars, here’s what you can do!

  1. To start with, launch the Settings app.
  2. Click on Calendar > Accounts. Currently if you’re using iOS 13, click on Passwords & Accounts > Accounts.
  3. Then you would need to select all the subscribed calendars.
  4. Look out for the calendars you are unfamiliar with click on them and select Delete Account.

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