I don’t normally write about spam but I just received a new and irritating type I’ve not previously seen. 

In my junk mail folder in Outlook 2003, missed by the spam filter on my server, is a spam message about an award. But this is no ordinary message; instead, it’s an Outlook meeting request. So not only do I have junk mail, I have a junk tentative appointment in my calendar – for today, where I will certainly see it. I had to resist “declining” the request, which would delete the appointment from from my calendar but send back an e-mail.

Is this a new type of spam or have I just been lucky so far not to have seen this?