The UK's largest event for private investors

Business Design Centre, London, 29 March 2025








Scams warning

Be vigilant

Unfortunately, exhibitors and speakers are being targeted by bogus companies claiming to be, work with, or be associated with us, the event organisers.

These companies often use existing event branding to appear genuine, and are now claiming that they can also sell visitor data. Please note that this is NOT the case.

Exhibitors need to be vigilant, read the small print, and inform their exhibition, marketing and finance teams about the risk of scams. If in any doubt, do not engage and instead check with us as event organisers.

Organisations such as Showappend (emails from …, …, Event Fair,, Construct Data Verlag, Expo Guide (Mexico) and International Fairs Directory (Portugal) are targeting exhibitors with their misleading directory services.

Unsuspecting exhibitors who sign and return the form are then contracted into a three-year, non-retractable agreement, which could cost them a significant amount of money.

Advice from the Association of Event Organisers (AEO)

If you fall victim to one of these scams:

Our advice is to IGNORE THEM 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
  • Report it to your local trading standards
  • DO NOT COMMUNICATE WITH THE SCAMMERS even when they threaten legal action
  • 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. Do not engage with them.