2 scams making the rounds:
Fake lists and fake payment requests
Fake Vendor Lists
Please be aware that we never sell or share our list of brides who come to our shows. These are scams of fake lists.
You might have received an email from a company offering to sell you the attendee list from the Expo. Know that this is a scam!
Many of our exhibitors have been contacted with an offer to purchase an attendee list from one or more of our shows. These emails often include a very large list (red flag #1) that contains company names and job types, which is information we never collect (red flag #2). Plus, our attendee list is generated at the show, so how would they have it before the shows when we don’t even have it (red flag #3)?
Please be advised that these companies are NOT affiliated with us. We don’t generate our list until the week after the show and it is only provided to our exhibitors.
These emails can be reported to the Federal Trade Commission. I encourage you to report these emails to stop them from misleading anymore vendors in the wedding industry or stealing anymore company names. As an industry we have tried for years to stop them and now we need collective help. More from the FTC on protecting yourself from spam can be found here https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0038-spam How do report a spam violation?
Forward unwanted or deceptive messages to: 1. The Federal Trade Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the complete spam email. 2. Your email provider. At the top of the message, state that you're complaining about being spammed. 3. The sender's email provider, if you can tell who it is.
Here is another source of info on this scam from tradeshow experts, Event Technologies:
Fake Payment Requests
We will never send a generic request offering to have you pay through another website. Please be sure to check with us if you receive such a request as you can see above. Please don’t fall for it - it’s not us!!