Every year the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) hosts the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) for industry representatives, it is the world’s largest trade show and this year the NSSF has issued a warning to its exhibitors regarding trade show directory scams.
NSSF has released a statement warning exhibitors against releasing information to trade show directories. The scams in question ask companies to update their information, as if it is already existing, but by signing and returning the solicitation form companies are inadvertently agreeing to a three-year, irrevocable agreement that would not only require them to pay a significant amount of money with no foreseeable benefits, but also automatically renews.
The NSSF has warned that the SHOT Show has no relationship with FAIRGuide, Expo-Guide or any of their branded directory and that such directories have not been authorized to use the show’s registered name or logo.
This is not the first time that the NSSF has issued warnings about directory scams, as a similar statement was released after the 2010 SHOT Show.