Scamming is a problem across the globe, with the total cost of cybercrime estimated to rise to a staggering $10 trillion by 2025. Scammers are getting smarter, more sophisticated and more aggressive.
Trade and consumer shows are not immune from this worrying trend and exhibitors at shows can represent an attractive target for scammers, who harvest data from websites and directories and pretend to represent the organiser of the event, or companies associated with the event.
We want you to enjoy your exhibition experience and to protect yourself and your company from potential scams. In this short video, we will tell you about the type of scams you should look out for, what makes something look suspicious and what to do if you are a victim of scamming.
Quartz Business Events is a member of the Association of Exhibition Organisers (AEO), an international body serving the collective needs and interests of event organisers and the events industry at large.
The official advice from the AEO is to IGNORE SCAMMERS COMPLETELY, and do not communicate with them in any way. Writing letters and responding to emails simply confirms that you exist and are available at the address/email address/number they have for you, and therefore payment can be pursued.
ALERT the organiser of your event to the scam
Report it to your local trading standards
DO NOT PAY ANYTHING
DO NOT COMMUNICATE WITH THE SCAMMERS even when they threaten legal action
Optional: Complain to the receiving bank that their client (the scammer), is obtaining money by deception.
These organisations have also been known to use debt recovery agencies, the same advice stands for these agencies. Do not engage with them.
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