Below are several Alerts that IHA has prepared to help you avoid situations which can cause you financial harm or loss of time and resources in fighting unlawful situations.
If you’re being asked to sign a document, make sure to read the fine print. If you’re being asked to take advantage of a “great deal” make sure that the use of the Show name, logo and typeface is familiar to you as coming from IHA. If you’re being pressured to send money to secure booth space, be skeptical and question the motive. Sometimes it’s best to trust your intuition. If something doesn’t feel right about the communication, pick up the phone and call IHA.
Wire Transfer Alert
Exhibitors to the Inspired Home Show® have reported that hackers have intercepted email messages between them and IHA. In the email message, the hacker pretends to be an IHA employee. The email message instructs the Exhibitor to change the wire-transfer bank information in an attempt to divert payment for exhibit space to a fraudulent bank account.
Please pay special attention to any email message instructing you to alter the wire-transfer information as it appears on your original invoice from IHA. The bank account information, as it appears on your invoice, is the ONLY account to which you should send electronic funds.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding payment information, please don’t hesitate to personally contact IHA.
Show Directory Alert
Exhibitors to the International Home + Housewares Show should be vigilant in dealing with the Exhibitor’s FAIR Guide produced by Construct Data Verlag or Expo-Guide.com produced by Commercial Online Manuals. Both the FAIR Guide and Expo-Guide.com are not endorsed or supported by the International Housewares Association (“IHA”).
The FAIR Guide is a database prepared by Construct Data Verlag which uses a form which resembles an organizer’s free directory listing service and invites exhibitors to sign and return the form for entry into an online directory. At the top of the form is the printed name of the International Home & Housewares Show in bold letters to create the misimpression of endorsement or support by IHA.
The Expo-Guide.com is a database prepared by Commercial Online Manuals which also uses a form which resembles an organizer’s free directory listing service and invites exhibitors to sign and return the form for entry into an online directory. At the top of the form is the printed name of the International Home & Housewares Show in bold letters to create the misimpression of endorsement or support by IHA.
These forms, in small letters, include a substantial cost to create or update your entry, per year, for a period of three years. Exhibitors who sign and return these forms have entered into a three-year non-cancelable agreement.
IHA strongly urges you to thoroughly review any information that you receive from the Exhibitors FAIR Guide or Expo-Guide.com before signing any agreement and to remember that these organizations are NOT supported or endorsed by the IHA.
Housing Company Alert
The official housing partner of the International Home + Housewares Show is onPeak, the only housing company affiliated with the International Home + Housewares Show. Hotel reservations made through any company other than onPeak are at the exclusive risk of the individual. If other companies contact you for hotel/travel bookings, they are not endorsed by the International Home + Housewares Show or the International Housewares Association (IHA) unless they are designated as “Regional Travel Partners (RTP)”, who have been designated by onPeak.
Buyer Lists Alert
Disclaimer: IHA is the sole owner of the buyer and media data included in the spreadsheets linked hereto. IHA hereby grants to this exhibiting company (“Licensee”) the non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use the buyer and media data for one (1) year. Licensee hereby agrees not to sell, distribute, or otherwise provide this data, under penalty of the law, to any other party without the express written consent of the IHA.
Warning: Exhibitors to the International Home + Housewares Show should be vigilant in dealing with any company offering to “sell” buyer and/or news media data. As an exhibitor in the Show, IHA makes lists available at no charge, with the requirement that these lists are not to be distributed to any other party. Any organization attempting to sell these lists are NOT supported or endorsed by the International Housewares Association, owner of the Show’s only official data