Beware of Companies Not Related to Affiliate Summit

It has been brought to our attention that there are multiple companies contacting Affiliate Summit attendees (both past and currently registered), claiming to represent Affiliate Summit (and/or leaving out important information so that it’s ambiguous whether they represent Affiliate Summit or not), offering various services related to attending or exhibiting at Affiliate Summit.

Beware of scammers targeting Affiliate Summit attendees and exhibitors

To be clear, Affiliate Summit does not rent, share or sell your contact information to any third parties.

It appears as though the vendors that are sending these advertisements are simply spamming and cold-calling the companies that appear on the AffiliateSummit.com attendee and exhibitor pages. 

The most egregious solicitations are coming from housing companies for room reservations at our show locations and list-management companies that claim that they have an Affiliate Summit attendee list. 

If you are contacted about either of these offerings, they are scams, period. (Affiliate Summit does not work with housing companies, nor do we share attendee contact information.)

To help alleviate the confusion and potential customer service issues, we’ve compiled a list the companies that are sending these deceptive and misleading email solicitations, that we have been made aware of thus far. Many of them have received Cease & Desists from us but shamelessly continue using different company names.

Before you decide to do business with any of the companies listed below, we recommend that you do your research (several have multiple complaints against them when you do an Internet search for their names) and please do not sign anything unless you have carefully read and understood the terms contained in their small print.

Housing Pirates and Room Poachers Scam

When Affiliate Summit secures sleeping rooms at hotels for our conferences (commonly referred to as room blocks), we research the properties to make certain that our attendees and exhibitors are adequately accommodated. These room blocks are established to ensure that rooms meet our standards and are offered at a discounted price. Affiliate Summit works directly with host hotel for each conference.

Room poaching is a practice carried out by third-party companies that act as travel agencies, wholesalers or destination management companies to solicit registrants and exhibitors for room reservations. 

Often room poachers may misrepresent themselves as Affiliate Summit’s official housing provider, and registrants and exhibitors may be contacted by fax, email or phone with offers for discounted housing. They may even send out emails, forms and promotional materials that appear to be issued by Affiliate Summit and may even include illegal use of our logo. Many times, room poachers even go as far as stating that the “hotel room block is sold out” and if you do not book with them immediately, you may not get a room. 

While the allure of saving a few bucks per night is tempting, many have not read the fine print of the housing poacher’s contracts which include pre-payment of the stay and substantial penalties for changes and cancellations. Sadly, some room poachers don’t even follow through on making the reservations with the hotel, leaving customers stranded without a room when they arrive at the hotel.

Don’t be misled! Affiliate Summit does not contact our attendees to book rooms. If you do receive a solicitation, please get as much information as you can and pass it along to us at realdeal@affiliatesummit.com.

The following  is a list of Housing Pirates and Poachers that we have been made aware of:

  • Convention Hotel Management: housing company offering pre-paid hotel reservations with added booking fees and significant cancellation/change penalties.
  • eHotelers: housing company offering pre-paid hotel reservations with added booking fees and significant cancellation/change penalties.
  • Exhibition Housing Services: housing company offering pre-paid hotel reservations with added booking fees and significant cancellation/change penalties.
  • Exhibition Housing Management / Exhibitor Housing Management (aka EHM): housing company offering pre-paid hotel reservations with added booking fees and significant cancellation/change penalties.
  • Exhibitors Hotel Reservations Services: housing company offering pre-paid hotel reservations with added booking fees and significant cancellation/change penalties.
  • Exhibitors Housing Services: housing company offering pre-paid hotel reservations with added booking fees and significant cancellation/change penalties.
  • Trade Show Housing (tshousing.com): housing company offering pre-paid hotel reservations with added booking fees and significant cancellation/change penalties.

 

Exhibitor Services Poachers

Similar to Room Poaching, Exhibitor Services Poaching is a practice carried out by third-party companies that solicit registrants and exhibitors for audio/visual services, booth furniture, telecom, printing services, etc.

Please be advised that in conjunction with rules and regulations of the host hotel and acting in the best interests of the exhibitors, attendees and event venue, we have appointed GES as our Official Service Provider to perform and provide necessary services and equipment.

The role of the Official Service Provider is to:

  • Ensure the orderly and efficient installation and removal of the overall exposition.
  • Assure the distribution of labor to all Exhibitors according to need,
  • Provide sufficient labor to satisfy the requirements of Exhibitors and for the exposition itself.
  • See that the proper type and limits of insurance are in force.
  • Avoid any conflict with the local union and exhibit hall regulations and requirements.

The Official Service Providers will provide all usual trade show services, including labor.  Exceptions are:

  • Supervision may be provided by the Exhibitor.
  • The Exhibitor may appoint an independent exhibit installation contractor or display builder.

The following is a list of exhibitor services poachers that we’ve been made aware of. They may not even be allowed to conduct business at the host hotel:

  • All States Shipping, LLC: sending unsolicited bulk emails to attending companies with their service offerings.
  • AVRexpos: Sending unsolicited emails to attending companies with their AV service offerings.
  • GSE Audio Visual (aka GSEAV): Spamming attendees with an email that claims they are providing A/V & Meeting Room Services for us again. They’re lying. We’ve never had a relationship with them and at this point, we would never.
  • MTSE Audio Visual (MTSEAV.com): spamming past attendees with their offerings through a deceptive email making it appear as though they have worked with Affiliate Summit and/or the customer previously. They are not an authorized vendor.
  • SkyVision: Sending unsolicited emails to attending companies/attendees with their AV service offerings (including display screens, audio sound systems, projectors and desktops/laptops).

If you do receive a solicitation, please get as much information as you can and pass it along to us at realdeal@affiliatesummit.com

 

Other Scammers:

  • Arab Affiliate Summit: conference in Egypt that is using the Affiliate Summit name and contacting people associated with Affiliate Summit.
  • Data-Leads.Biz: claims that they have an Affiliate Summit attendee list, which they do not have.
  • CRMDataSales: claims that they have the Affiliate Summit East 2017 attendee list, which they do not have.
  • eProspectMedia: claims that they have an Affiliate Summit attendee list with complete contact details and verified email addresses, which they do not have.
  • GB Data License, Inc. (aka global-bigdata.com): claims that they have contact information of Affiliate Summit attendee list, which they do not have.
  • Geospacetechnologies.us: claims that they have contact information for the Affiliate Summit attendee list, which they do not have.
  • InformationBanks.com: Spamming attendees with an offer of an Affiliate Summit attendee list, which they do not have. Don’t bother going to their URL, it doesn’t go anywhere  (says a lot about their company, right?)
  • ItTechData: conference in Europe that is spamming Affiliate Summit Exhibitors claiming to have attendee lists derived from other companies. 
  • Lake Group Media, Inc. (aka lakeb2b.com): claims that they have contact information for the Affiliate Summit attendee list, which they do not have.
  • Live Talent LLC (livetalentnow.com): spamming attendees at their domain registration email addresses with their offer.
  • M-Worlddata.com: claims that they have contact information for the Affiliate Summit attendee list, which they do not have.
  • Perfect Lead Source (perfectleadsource.com): spamming attendees at their domain registration email addresses with their offer.
  • SGS Group (aka itprospectsinfo.com): claims that they have an Affiliate Summit attendee list, which they do not have.
  • Sales Online LLC: calls Affiliate Summit attending companies stating that they have documents to send on behalf of Affiliate Summit (which they do not have) in an attempt to secure email addresses for use to build a marketing database.
  • techusers-data.com: claims that they have an Affiliate Summit attendee list, which they do not have.
  • TradeShowLeads.com: claims that they have an Affiliate Summit attendee list, which they do not have.
  • TradeShow-List.com: claims that they have the Affiliate Summit East 2017 attendee list, which they do not have.
  • techdatadriven.com: claims that they have an Affiliate Summit attendee list, which they do not have.

To help us put a stop to these deceptive companies, we ask that if you receive a solicitation from any person or business that claims to be authorized by Affiliate Summit (or makes it seem as though there is some sort of association with the conference), we encourage you to forward it along to us, realdeal@affiliatesummit.com.