Beware of Expo Guide

In the past we have provided you with information concerning a scam perpetrated against exhibitors by Data Verlag with their misleading directory services. Well there is now a new organisation, Expo Guide, which is working out of Mexico and which is suspiciously similar to FairGuide. Expo Guide/ Data Verlag target companies through legitimate exhibition guides aimed at exhibitors. Their current activities cover companies throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. Expo Guide joins FairGuide in claiming to offer online listing services. They use a form which resembles an organiser’s free catalogue listing service, inviting exhibitors to complete the form for an entry in an on-line directory. 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, with no foreseeable benefits. Included in their group is debt collection agency Gravis Inkasso Gmbh and Swiss debt collection agency Premiumn Recovery AG (a Construct Data subsidiary) which works in partnership with the various guides to intimidate exhibitors into paying. These publications have no connection with exhibition organisers or any of their events. It is important that all companies who are exhibiting are made aware of this. We strongly advise our members, all exhibitors and the entire exhibition community, to be most vigilant against this and similar organisations. These organisations can cause extreme damage and harm to the reputation of our exhibition industry.