September 27, 2018
It has come to our attention that scammers are targeting our members, meeting attendees, and exhibitors, attempting to sell attendee lists, professionals lists, and solicit bookings at unauthorized hotels. ITEEA does not rent or sell email lists to third parties. Please be aware of any message coming from sources not affiliated with ITEEA and avoid interaction. Valid emails come from @iteea.org
Attendee List Email Scam
Unfortunately, emails have circulated that offer to sell attendee lists for ITEEA conferences. These emails are sent by scammers impersonating ITEEA. Emails claiming to offer our attendee lists are fraudulent.
If you receive emails that propose to sell ITEEA conference attendee lists, do not engage with the sender and delete the message immediately.
Professionals List Email Scam
Recently, ITEEA members have been contacted by organizations that claim to be selling “the professionals list like ‘CEO, CFO, Managers, Directors, Distributors, Suppliers, Resellers, Purchasers, and other professionals.”
Our conferences are also the target of hotel scams. Scammers call or email attendees and exhibitors, claiming to represent ITEEA and encourage our attendees to book rooms using fake promotion codes at a variety of hotels close to the conference venue(s). ITEEA conference attendees should book only by using the link posted on our website at https://www.iteea.org//Housing_2019.aspx
Scammers offering to sell these lists often aggregate information based on web crawler or email “scraper” programs searching for the “@” sign in an email addresses posted on various websites (including LinkedIn and Facebook). While this is illegal in most countries, it does not prevent scammers from doing so, so the best way to prevent yourself from receiving these emails is to protect your information, and if at all possible, don’t post your email address online (or post it in an obscured way, such as an image or by not using the “@”) sign.
Bottom line: if you receive an email that purports to be offering anything on behalf of ITEEA, it should contain “@iteea.org.” If not, it is most likely a scam. If you have any questions about specific communications, please email ITEEA at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-860-2100.
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