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Avoiding Scams

Hotel reservations

It seems that nearly every year, we hear stories from show registrants that they have received communications from companies claiming they are doing business on behalf of NGWA/Groundwater Week regarding hotel reservations and the like.

These are scams! NGWA does not, and never has, provided registrant/attendee information to anyone other than Groundwater Week exhibitors and sponsors.

Here are a few things you can do in order not to be scammed.

  • First, try to find their presence on the web by typing in the domain name from their email address into a browser and see what appears.
  • Next, I always do a search on This will sometimes show you who owns the domain name.
  • Lastly, look to see if they have any contact information (phone number or physical address listed in their email) or information regarding how to opt out of their emails. These are required for all commercial marketing messages by both the United States’ SPAM-ACT and Canada’s CAN-SPAM Act. All legitimate businesses list these in marketing messages.

If you do receive a scam, please let me know at, so that I can update this page with the latest information.

GTE, Global Travel Experts, Global Elite Travel, or any other group trying to sell you a room

These groups send emails or call stating that they are working with NGWA and accepting reservations for NGWA or Groundwater Week.

There is no “official” independent group (such as Global Elite Travel) representing NGWA or any hotel with respect to Groundwater Week.

Those wishing to stay at the NGWA headquarters hotel should book directly through the hotel and indicate you are attending NGWA’s Groundwater Week 2023 event.

Other miscellaneous scammers

The following individuals/companies have been reported in the past to contacting Groundwater Week attendees or exhibitors. These companies and individuals are not affiliated with NGWA or Groundwater Week in any manner. (Note: This list is updated as additional companies are reported.)

  • GTE
  • Golbal Travel Experts
  • Global Elite Travel Group
  • Demand Generation Exeuctive
  • Belinda Smith
  • Cathy Russell
  • Eric Levicoff
  • Julie Jack
  • Melissa Apaza
  • Claire Morris
  • Sara Cooper
  • James Allan
  • Debbie Burton
  • Kate Parker
  • Natalie Portman
  • Jennifer Steven
  • Jennifer Perez
  • Ryan Smith
  • Teresa Turner
  • Dayana Phillips
  • Lucy Higham
  • Cindy Baptiste
  • Cathy Brown
  • Jodi Smith