THE SCAM: Microsoft Outlook and Google Calendar
HOW IT WORKS: As more people use high-tech features such as Microsoft Outlook and Google Calendar to make appointments, spammers have found ways to use them for, what else, spamming. Some computer users have reported receiving notifications from those programs of an invitation to a meeting, along with spam for bogus designer watches or other hallmarks of mass e-mails. Responding to the e-mail, even to decline the "meeting," leads e-mail users to be bombarded with spam because the sender knows the recipient has a valid address.
WHAT'S AT STAKE: Your e-mail's inbox. If it's clogged with spam, it could be unable to receive important messages.
HOW TO BEAT IT: Check the settings on your e-mail, whether you use Calendar or Outlook. Look for a setting that allows you to post appointments on your calendar only if you respond directly to an invitation. If you receive such e-mails, delete them without replying.
Contact Bee staff writer Ben van der Meer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2331.
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