EMERGENCY WARNING - Expo Guide, ExpoFairs, FairGuide.com & Construct Data Verlag
WARNING: DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES SIGN ANY FORMS FROM THEM
Expo Guide/ExpoFairs/FairGuide.com/Construct Data Verlag target companies through legitimate exhibition guides. Their current activities cover companies throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Expo Guide claims to offer online listing services. They use a form which resembles an organiser's free catalogue listing service, inviting exhibitors to complete the form for an entry in an on-line directory. Unsuspecting exhibitors who sign and return the form are then contracted into a three-year, non-retractable agreement, which could cost you a significant amount of money, with no foreseeable benefits. Included in their group is debt collection agency Gravis Inkasso Gmbh and Swiss debt collection agency Premiumn Recovery AG (a Construct Data subsidiary) which works in partnership with the various guides to intimidate exhibitors into paying.
These publications have no connection with us or any of our events. We strongly advise our exhibitors, and the entire exhibition community, to be most vigilant against this and similar organisations.There are many so-called guides that mail deceptive contracts and then harass those who sign them in error for money. However the sheer scale and systematic way in which these guides attack exhibitors is outrageous.
Here is some advice from the Association of Event Organisers.
If you fall victim to this scam:
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 Fairexpo.info (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.
If you have been approached by this organisation or have any queries about this, please contact us at [email protected] or +31 20 40 99 45 44.