Vendor List Scam
Some partners, conference attendees, and exhibitors have been receiving emails from rogue list brokers claiming to have access to a Hall of Heroes Comic Con (HoHCC) attendee list for sale.
This scam is afflicting trade shows where exhibitors are contacted by people fraudulently claiming to have and sell the show’s attendee list. Please know that HoHCC does not rent, share, or sell your email or physical address to any third parties or list brokers.
These scammers are trying to phish for your information and gain access to financial resources. The companies have no association with HoHCC or the Hall of Heroes Museum (or any HoH event for that matter).
Scammers offering to sell these lists often aggregate information based on web crawlers 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.
Please do not engage with and/or acquire/purchase any list from any company claiming to have use of the HoHCC database, attendees, or contact information as it puts you and others' contact information at risk. Oftentimes, responding to these emails (even to “unsubscribe”) confirms to them that they have reached a valid email address.
We encourage you instead to block the sender, delete the email, and report scammers to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission fraud division.
Please beware, they often use HoHCC's name and logo in their signature.
We’re sorry for the inconvenience that these spammers cause you — we get these emails too!
Here is an example of this kind of spam:
Hope you are doing well!
Offer: Discounted cost & additional information.
We are following up to confirm if you are interested in acquiring the Visitors/Attendees List of “Hall of Heroes Comic Con 2024”
Events Name: Hall of Heroes Comic Con 2024
Date: 02 - 03 Mar 2024
Location: Northern Indiana Event Center, Elkhart, USA
Counts : 2,300
Each record of the list contains: Contact Name, Email Address, Company Name, URL/Website, Phone No, Title/Designation.
Please let me know your thoughts on this? so that we can send you Discounted Cost and more information.
Waiting for your positive response.
Thanks & Regards,