It has been brought to our attention that several of our exhibitors have received a letter from a company called International Fairs Directory or Inter-fairs asking them to confirm company information.
PLEASE NOTE this is a scam and has absolutely nothing to do with Brand Licensing Europe or UBM and we’d advise that you do not communicate with this organisation.
If you are ever in doubt about a piece of communication you receive in relation to BLE please don’t hesitate to check with us. Companies to be particularly vigilant about include FairGuide.com, Construct Data Verlag, Expo Guide (Mexico) and Event Fair. These companies send misleading directory services forms. Unsuspecting exhibitors who sign and return the form are then contracted into a three-year, non-retractable agreement, which could cost the exhibitor a significant amount of money.
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 Expo Guide (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.
For your information our online exhibitor list is powered by MapYourShow. You may also hear from Sector Marketing regarding the BLE Matchmaking Service.
We’ll include a list of all official partners in the exhibitor manual when it goes live later this year. In the meantime please don’t hesitate to check anything that makes you suspicious with us.