As the 2022 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) approaches, we are hearing from some of our exhibitors that they have received calls from a company called “Check In Now” and claim to be in charge of handling hotel reservations for people associated with the show. These solicitations are scams. IBS Show attendees are responsible for their own travel and NAHB has not hired an outside company to confirm or modify hotel accommodations for the show. Moreover, these scammers do not have access to any portion of IBS exhibitor information, which means they have obtained IBS exhibitor phone numbers from a non-NAHB source. If you receive such a solicitation, we encourage you to hang up and notify NAHB.
Unfortunately, there are many travel companies that try to present themselves as being an official part of the IBS. They are NOT. They frequently offer attractive prices for familiar hotels, but be aware that these offers are usually untrue. NAHB and our official vendor Maritz Global Events are the only official providers of housing for the IBS. Be aware and avoid dealing with these deceptive companies. For questions about housing, please contact Sean Lenahan at [email protected].
NAHB has been informed that IBS Exhibitors are being targeted by companies unaffiliated with IBS, offering an attendee list for the “NAHB Builders Show Conference & Exhibition” and other variations on the name International Builders Show.
Please be aware that these companies have nothing to do with NAHB or the International Builders’ Show. The attendee mailing list for the show is only available directly from NAHB. If you are interested in purchasing the IBS Mailing List, please contact Lynn Margiotta, Andrew Flank, Don Berey or Robin Habberley at 202-266-8109.
NAHB has been informed that IBS Exhibitors are often targeted by a Slovakian company (and other foreign country locations) with an apparent offer to update your pre-registered, free listing “in our exhibitors directory.” The offer may look like it comes from the organizers of The International Builders’ Show. It does NOT – IBS and NAHB have absolutely nothing to do with this company or its directory. While the name of the directory “Fair Guide” and the name of the company “Construct Data Publishers” are cleverly located at the bottom of the letter, the name and trademark of the show – “IBS INTERNATIONAL BUILDERS’ SHOW” – are prominently placed at the top of the letter and right above the greeting. Do not be fooled by this unauthorized use of the IBS name and trademark.
The intent of the letter is to get Exhibitors to “confirm the accuracy of your details” on an attached form, and then to sign the form at the bottom, right below the fine print, as though you were attesting to the accuracy of the details. The fine print is actually an irrevocable Order to purchase a full-page insertion in the alleged Fair Guide for three (3) years at the price of $1,877 per year. Also in the fine print is an agreement to be bound by Slovakian law, and a statement that the Slovakian company can appoint a third party, like an unscrupulous collection agency, to sue you in your local jurisdiction.
NAHB warns all IBS Exhibitors to read this offer carefully – the apparent offer for a free listing can easily turn into an unintended order to purchase a 3-year paid insertion costing over $5,600!