Circular to Exhibitors

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Caution on
Fraudulent Emails

In view of the recent incidents of fraudulent emails in the market, HKTDC would like to remind our exhibitors to stay vigilant and take extra precautions. We hope that the following tips may help to raise your awareness.

  1. Ensure that the email is genuinely from HKTDC

    -Always identify the sender of the email from its domain.

  2. Check the HKTDC disclaimer

    -All emails sent from HKTDC will carry the Council's disclaimer at the bottom of the email.

  3. Reconfirm bank account number and beneficiary name (Hong Kong Trade Development Council) when making payments.
  4. Always use trusted Wi-Fi network

    -There is always security risk when using untrusted public Wi-Fi network to access emails. It is possible that hackers can capture your emails or send fraudulent emails to you on untrusted Wi-fi network.

The above is for reference only. In case of doubt, please contact HKTDC hotline at +852 1830 668 and quote the fair name concerned.

 

Caution on Third Party
Promotional Offers

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) has learnt that exhibitors have been receiving invitations from Fair Guide (owned by Construct Data) for listings in its guide at the exhibitors' expense. It has also come to HKTDC's attention that another two companies under the name Expo Guide (owned by Commercial Online Manuals S de RL de CV ("Commercial Online Manuals")) & Event Fair have sent similar invitations to exhibitors inviting them to update or correct their data with its fair directory for free listing. The HKTDC would like to stress that the Fair Guide, the Expo Guide and the Event Fair has NO CONNECTION with the HKTDC or any of our fairs.

UFI, an international organization which represents the interests of the exhibition industry worldwide has been warning the exhibition industry to be vigilant against Fair Guide, Expo Guide, Construct Data, Commercial Online Manuals and other similar guides and organisations such as Event Fair. UFI has also reported that debt collection agencies work in partnership with these guides to intimidate exhibitors for payment. The practice of Construct Data has been considered as unconscionable and misleading by the Austrian Protective Association. Recent information suggests that Construct Data & Event Fair have shifted its operation from Austria to Mexico and/or Slovakia.

It should be noted that the contents and wording of Fair Guide's and Expo Guide's letter and order form are virtually identical. It is possible that Construct Data, Commercial Online Manuals and Event Fair are related companies or are in some way connected. You should therefore exercise due diligence and care when being approached for such invitations so as to avoid possible unwarranted and/or unnecessary financial commitments. In order to protect your own interests, you are urged to read the contracts (including the small print) and attachments carefully, as well as seeking legal advice, before signing any such documents.

The HKTDC does not recommend that you sign any materials that you receive from Construct Data, and/or Commercial Online Manuals and/or Event Fair. If you have mistakenly entered into contract with Construct Data and/or Commercial Online Manuals and/or Event Fair, you should notify Construct Data and/or Commercial Online Manuals and/or Event Fair in writing and inform them that you dispute the validity of the contract on the basis of mistake and/or misrepresentation. You should take legal advice as to how to respond to any demands for payment that you might receive.

For more information about UFI's action against Fair Guide, Expo Guide, Construct Data, please visit http://www.ufi.org/Public/Default.aspx?CLEF_SITESMAPS=161.

Should you have any questions, please contact Ms Candy Kwong, Exhibitions Project Manager at Tel: (852) 2240 4935; or email address: candy.mk.kwong@hktdc.org of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

 

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