Why is gmail sending me calendar invites to strangers' pet grooming appointments?
[asking for my sister, I'm able to follow up if needed. I did all my gmail research and wasn't sure what was going on.]
A few weeks ago, I started getting invitations to calendar events in my inbox of my gmail account. What was odd was that they all appeared to be for appointments for pets, and they were all from different people around the country, all strangers to me. I couldn't figure out what was going on, so I emailed back and forth with a few of the senders. It seems that all of the folks have a pet with the same name as my gmail account (it is a common pet name, think scamper@gmail) and all they had done was put an appointment in their own calendar with their pet's name and the appointment details. As near as I can tell - somehow, automagically, gmail was recognizing that there was a gmail user with the same name, and was generating an appointment invitation?
My calendar is set to private and not visible to other people. I am not sharing it with anybody. But still for the last two weeks I have been getting deluged with invitations to get my nails trimmed, my coat shampooed, a reminder to take my heartworm pills, and one neutering appointment.
Has this happened to anybody else? Any suggestions on how to make it stop? It never used to happen, and I am not finding it to be a great feature. I have seen this
and they all seem similar but not identical and related to a problem that has been around for a while and my problem just started. Thanks!