Please BE AWARE of bogus organisations currently targeting our industry, which include Hotel Scams, Data List Sales, and Showguide Scams.
Companies will use a misleading form, which resembles an organiser’s Free Catalogue Listing Service, inviting exhibitors to sign and return the form for an entry in an online directory. Doing so contracts the purchaser into a three-year, non-retractable agreement. Non-payment is then followed by aggressive debt collecting by Premium Recovery. These companies have no connection with Montgomery Group or any of our events, but they deliberately target companies who known to exhibit across Europe. If you receive a form or any communication from any of the below companies, do not respond.
A few examples of known companies that are sending out these fake show guide entry letters and forms are:
- Fair Guide
- International Business Convention Management
- Construct Date Publishers
*Please also note that despite settling out of court and agreeing to stop sending out misleading forms, Fairguide/Construct Data have altered the look and format of their forms (including a new logo) and are continuing to send these to our exhibitors. For more information, please visit the Association of Event Organisers - Industry Scam Warning page.
It is important that the entire industry is made aware of activities relating to third-party companies contacting exhibitors for entries into bogus show guides. We are strongly advising all exhibitors to be vigilant against such organisations, who do not represent Montgomery Group or Independent Hotel Show in any way. Montgomery Group actively warns all our exhibitors about such guides and cautions them to carefully read the small print before signing any document.
DATA LIST SALES
Please be cautious of companies claiming to sell the event attendee list. They often come from companies based in the US and have similar templates.
These companies have no association with Montgomery Group and are not authorized to use the Independent Hotel Show name or trademark. Under no circumstances do we sell or rent attendee information to any third party so we would strongly advise not working with any company that claims they have this data.
Just a few simple checks, can go a long way…
If you are in doubt about the validity of an email, or someone contacting you on our behalf, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. As a simple check, you can double-click on the email address to confirm the email originator. A valid email will be from ‘@montgomerygroup.com’ – if you’re ever in doubt contact us directly.