WARNING – Please be careful
WARNING! Please be careful of direct mailings from an organization known as Expo-Guide and or Construct Data/Fairguide. Do not be fooled! The “offer”, while factually correct, can be easily misunderstood. These organizations are NOT part of Koelnmesse or any of our world wide trade shows. (click here for a sample)
We recommend destroying any communication you receive from these companies. Koelnmesse condemns the activities of Expo-Guide and Construct Data/Fairguide and believes it constitutes an infringement and improper intrusion into the business affairs of Koelnmesse and our clients.
For additional information on this issue, please visit the following links provided by industry associations.
Warning from the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)
Warning from UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry
Addtional SCAM Warning:
World Business Guide
The World Business Guide is a product of International Directories Group, Ltd. of Madrid, Spain. The company invites businesses to list themselves in its database. The form used to gather contact information says in part, “(Updating is Free of Charge)” in boldface type.
However, embedded in a lengthy paragraph labeled “Order” – in very small type – is a binding three-year agreement that automatically renews every year for another year at a cost of € 995 (about $1455 USD). Dating and signing the Data Control form will bind you to the agreement.
The pitch is remarkably similar to the methodology that has been employed by companies like Construct Data/Fairguide and Expoguide Mexico, which have plagued exhibitors and others in the exhibitions and events industry throughout the world.
Sign the World Business Guide Data Control form only if you wish to purchase a database listing that will cost you a minimum of $1455 a year for at least three years.
If you have any questions, please call Koelnmesse at +1 (773) 326-9920.