Scam Warning 2: ‘Guides and Directories’
Third parties using names such as International Fairs Directory, Expo Guide, Fairguide and various others have been targeting exhibitors for paid entries into show guides.
These usually arrive by post and purport to be from an event organiser ( e.g. The Property Investor Show), but please be aware that any paperwork received from the any of these companies is NOT linked to our event.
A form is used which resembles an exhibition organiser’s free catalogue listing service, inviting exhibitors to complete the form for an entry in a published or on-line directory.
Exhibitors who sign and return these forms become contracted into a three-year agreement.
If you have been caught out, don’t panic. The advice from the AEO (Association of Exhibition Organisers) is as follows:
- Do not pay anything
- Ignore them completely – do not communicate with them in any way, even if they threaten legal action.
- Report it to your local trading standards.
- Keep a log of all correspondence and contact from them.