ASAE Media Alert: FTC Halts Construct Data/Fair

WASHINGTON—ASAE is pleased to announce that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has gotten a preliminary injunction against the Construct Data/Fair Guide scam that many ASAE members have received, and ASAE has been working with the FTC to stop this scam.

WASHINGTON—ASAE is pleased to announce that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has gotten a preliminary injunction against the Construct Data/Fair Guide scam that many ASAE members have received, and ASAE has been working with the FTC to stop this scam.

The Construct Data/Fair Guide scam involved a Slovakia-based operation, called FAIR Guide, that allegedly tricked small businesses and nonprofits into collecting their information for a “free guide,” but signing the form commits the organization into paying money, which is irreversible once signed.

In August 2012, ASAE submitted complaints to the FTC, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau serving Central Ohio. ASAE charged in its complaint to the FTC that the publishers’ form suggests that the parties have a preexisting business relationship with the named trade show and that the directory listing is related to the recipient’s participation in the named trade show.

Buried in the fine print on the form is a statement that by signing and returning the form, the recipient agrees to pay Construct Data/FAIR Guide $1,717 per year for three years. ASAE’s submission was passed along to the FTC, and all entities who submitted complaints assisted them with their case.

“Our members alerted us about this scam, and we submitted the information to the FTC” said ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE. “ASAE is gratified that the FTC is taking action to stop this scam and secure refunds for the many businesses that fell prey to the defendants’ deceitful solicitations. We urge anyone who has been solicited or contacted for payment by the defendants to let ASAE know so that we can notify the FTC and assist in their ongoing legal action.”

If ASAE members receive solicitations from FairGuides.com or Exhibitors Directory for Fairs and Exhibitions, please contact ASAE directly. ASAE will pass them along to the FTC. The FTC is seeking to permanently halt this alleged scam and require the defendants to refund fees.

For a full announcement about the injunction, please visit the FTC.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, 202-326-9505, [email protected]

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