Exhibiting at IMEX? Scam warning issued by event organizers

IMEX is one of the most established trade show for the Meetings and Incentive industry.

Started by Ray Bloom IMEX is known as the prime MICE trade show every year considered the largest and most established exhibitions every year in Frankfurt and Las Vegas.

Today IMEX warned exhibitors to not fall for a scam.
IMEX released the following correspondence to exhibitors:

It’s unfortunate that we have to send out a warning about International Fairs Directory.

International Fairs Directory (also known as IFD, Expo Guide, Fair Guide, Construct Data and Connect Publisher) is a fake online catalogue which sends out letters targeting exhibitors from various events around the world, urging them to sign a form for entry into their directory.

If you sign the form, you enter a three-year agreement costing several thousand dollars. They will refuse to acknowledge any cancellation requests and will harass you for the payment for many years to come. Organisations such as these do not represent IMEX or any other event organiser.

International Fairs Directory is a scam and has no legal standing whatsoever. As far as we are aware, no one has ever been prosecuted for failure to comply with payment.

The advice from the Association of Event Organisers regarding Expo Guide is to not complete and return the form. However, if you have, please refer to the AEO and IAEE websites for advice.

If you ever have doubts about the authenticity of any IMEX-related correspondence you receive, please feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] or + 44 1273 224 955.

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