Fair Guide/Expo Guide Scam
|Posted on: Monday, January 30th, 2012 at 11:04 am
FAIR GUIDE/EXPO GUIDE SCAM
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We deal with spam here at Maine Hosting Solutions on a regular basis, so when the letter came in the mail from “FairGuide” we were well prepared and knew what to do with it: throw it in the recycle bin. But before we did that we wanted to inform our customers, community and whoever else may read this on the deceptive business practices of “The Exhibitors Fair Guide.” (SCAM)
As if producing a successful exhibition isn’t already difficult enough, hundreds of organizers and their exhibitors are distracted and harassed every year by the mischief of Fair Guide/Construct Data, the Slovakian company that has been targeting exhibitors with a very suspicious looking “Directory Listing” offer via mail. In this particular example, Fair Trade took the time to fill in the blanks with our companies information, mailing address and the upcoming local event which happens to be the New England Products Trade Show in Portland, ME. (A great show that we have displayed at in the past)
Please NOTE: NEPTS – New England Products Trade Show and Giraffe Events are reputable companies here in Maine. Please help spread the word about this scam, it is effecting merchants that attend this show.
If you haven’t crossed paths with Fair Guide, their tactics include gathering contact information of exhibitors from show directories. They then mail an official looking form to the exhibitor asking that the information be confirmed and returned to them in the provided postage paid envelope. Most who do return the form fail to read or understand the fine print at the bottom that commits them to an irrevocable three-year advertising contract costing thousands of dollars. In this instance, we highlighted their cost, which was a whopping $1,717! The Federal Trade Commission has been pursuing this company for years without success. We hope that if enough people become aware of this scam and pull together in a concerted effort that it will result in action.
If any of your exhibitors have been scammed by Fair Guide- or even if your events have not yet been targeted by yet, we urge you to check the Fair Guide website at www.Fairguide.com. If your event(s) is listed we recommend that you contact the company through your legal counsel immediately demanding that all references to your event(s) be removed immediately. If they are using your event’s name you should also refer to the intellectual property rights that you own to the event.
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Please be aware of this scam and others. If you have heard of other scams, please contact SIA right away. The site, www.stopecg.org, does have information on Expo Guide and other misleading scams.