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 sent out emails that stated they were 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 hotel) should book directly through Westgate  either online (dedicated reservations link to be posted shortly) or over the phone by calling (800) 635-7711 and indicating your are attending Groundwater Week.

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 never has, 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 their email address into a browser and see what appears.
  2. Next, I always do a search on 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 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.