Please see below for details of two companies NOT associated with Media 10, which are known to target exhibitors of large shows and events, sending communications which, to all intents and purposes appear to be legitimately related to the show.
International Fairs Directory and Expo Guide
Please ignore ANY literature you receive from these companies. The Company writes to you, sending a legitimate booking form which is headed with the name of the show you are exhibiting at, and can appear to be from the show organiser.
This asks you to confirm certain basic details, typically stating it is related to a show listing or advertisement in a show guide or similar. The small print at the bottom informs you that you are signing a 3 year contract for the purchase of advertising space for which you will be invoiced. There are a number of addresses used for this scam, principally in Mexico or Uruguay.
If you sign and respond to this form, you will be sent invoices for your “advertisement”, followed by increasing demands for payment. This subsequent invoice is typically not branded with the show or organiser logo or name.
Please note that for exhibitors confirmed and paid in time, we will include your Company in the Showguide and on the website for free. There is no separate paperwork for this.
A useful guide to this issue can be found at www.energygrid.com.
Convention Expo Travel
A company calling itself Convention Expo Travel has been approaching exhibiting companies purporting to be the official hotel booking agency for the show and taking credit card details and bookings without making any such bookings with the hotels concerned.