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SCAM ALERT! Man receives disturbing invite from suicidal scammer

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

A Spokane man is warning people about a disturbing invite he got through Google Calendars.

“It’s all about fear, and it’s working,” said Roger Schramm. “This is bothering me.”

The invite reads “This time I will make the whole HOUSE full of blood if you don’t do this right now … Trust me this time I will cut the nerve of both my hands and make the full house flooded with my blood … You remember the last time?? Last time I did the same and went to the Hospital. But this time I will die and you will be responsible. So you have one last chance to do ….!!!!”

The invitee then asks Schramm to accept or decline the invite.

“I’m always thinking when you get a scam the best thing to do is to do nothing, don’t respond, don’t reply,” said Schramm. “My thinking is as soon as I choose something that’s going to give them information to come back.”

Schramm is right.

While the Better Business Bureau hasn’t heard of this particular message, they say it’s likely something called a Calendar Phishing Scam.

The best advice: Don't click on anything ever because by doing so you let the scammer know that they've reached a real person. Then, they'll start sending the viruses your way.

If you think you might be the target of a Phishing Scam, here are the steps you should take:

  1. From your Google Calendar, click the settings Gear Icon, then on Event Settings.
  2. For the Automatically add invitations option, click on the drop-down menu and select No, only show invitations to which I've responded.
  3. Below this, in the View Options section, make sure Show declined events is NOT checked, unless you specifically wish to view these.
  4. Any changes will be saved automatically.
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