Beware of Common Trade Show Attendee Scams

Don’t Be Fooled by Trade Show Scams and Scammers

As we lead up to CanWest in September, you may see seemingly legitimate offers arrive in your inbox almost daily, touting attendee lists, hotel and travel discounts and transportation services. Sadly, these are deceptive practices and, unfortunately, a common practice within the world of trade shows. Here are the two most common scams show attendees should be aware of:

Third Party Registration Services
A company by the name of 10Times Registration has tried to sell trade show passes and seminar tickets through their website. They make it appear they are acting on behalf of CanWest. 10Times is simply taking your credit card info and processing a payment that they will pocket. CanWest works exclusively through an online registration site that is designed by Conexsys.

False Hotel Reservations
Another avenue potential trade show scammers like to take is that of fake hotel bookings. These third-party tricksters will contact you via phone or email and claim they represent the hotel that is being used by CanWest. They’ll feed you some lines about the hotel being booked near capacity or that the rates are about to go up if you don’t act immediately. If you require a hotel room, please book directly with the hotels we have secured with preferred room rates: the Best Western Plus Regency Inn & Conference Centre and the Sandman Abbotsford Airport Hotel.

Protect Your Company from Trade Show Scams

If you are ever unsure whether communications have come from BCLNA/CanWest, please do not hesitate to check with us. Give Michelle or Karen a call and ask “Is this one of your partnering companies?” We can verify in seconds if it is legitimate or not. We only work with trusted partners including Levy Show Services, Conexsys Registration Systems, Tradex and Global Convention Services. BCLNA has a policy to not share the attendee list and we never forward your details to third parties.

You can help stop these scammers by reporting any suspicious activities so we can advise other attendees. And remember, never provide financial information to any company you deem suspicious.