Industry related scams
We advise all booked and potential exhibitors/customers to check the small print before signing anything related to Ecobuild (and any other events you may exhibit at.)
It has been brought to our attention by the AEO (Association of Exhibition Organisers) that our exhibitors are being targeted by companies claiming to be, or work with, our organisation. These companies may even use Ecobuild event branding and appear genuine.
Organisations such as Event Fair, FairGuide.com/Construct Data Verlag, Expo Guide (Mexico) and International Fairs Directory (Portugal) are targeting exhibitors with their misleading directory services. Unsuspecting exhibitors who sign and return the form are then contracted into a three-year, non-retractable agreement, which could cost the exhibitor a significant amount of money,
It is, however, not just directories, we have been informed that exhibitors have also been targeted by alleged hotel companies. It is therefore extremely important that your customers remain vigilant when signing documents seemingly related to your events.
The AEO advises exhibitors who fall victim to this scam the following:
Our advice is to IGNORE THEM COMPLETELY, and not communicate with them in any way. Writing letters simply confirms that you exist and are available at the address/email address/number they have for you, and therefore payment can be pursued.
1) Report it to your local trading standards
2) DO NOT PAY ANYTHING
3) DO NOT COMMUNICATE WITH THE SCAMMERS even when they threaten legal action
4) Optional: Complain to the receiving bank that their client Expo Guide (or equivalent), is obtaining money by deception.
These organisations have also been known to use debt recovery agencies, the same advice stands for these agencies.