Watch out for these scams

  • These companies do not represent NGWA or Groundwater Week:

The following individuals/companies have reportedly contacted Groundwater Week attendees or exhibitors.  (Note: This list is updated as additional companies are reported.)



Every year we learn about scams that are taking place by unscrupulous people try to rob attendees and exhibitors of their money.


NGWA will be using this page to post any information about any scams that we know about, in order to try to help you stay safe.


Global Elite Travel Group – This group is sending out emails that state they are accepting reservations for NGWA 2018 - National Ground Water Week.  

  

There is no “official” independent group (like Global Elite Travel) representing NGWA or the Westgate with respect to Groundwater Week.  


Those wishing to stay at the Westgate Hotel ( NGWA Headquarters) should book directly through Westgate  either online at  https://aws.passkey.com/go/SNGW8R 

or over the phone by calling (800) 635-7711 and provide the group code SNGW8R.


Attendee lists for sale - Every year exhibitors will receive offers over email  that say the company can sell them the Groundwater Week attendee list (with email addresses!).


These are always a scam! NGWA does not and has never provided attendee information to anyone other that exhibitors and sponsors of the show.


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

  1. First, try to find their presence on the web by typing in the domain name from thier email address into a browser and see what comes up.
  2. Next, I always do a search on https://www.whois.com/ . This will sometimes show you who owns the domain name.
  3. 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 US’s 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 devener@ngwa.org, so that I can update this page with the latest information