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Scams to Avoid

Attendee lists for sale

Every year exhibitors will receive offers via 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 than exhibitors and sponsors of the show.

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.

Global Elite Travel and any other group trying to sell you a room

This group has sent emails in past years that stated they were accepting reservations for NGWA — National Ground Water Week.

There is no “official” independent group (like 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.)

  • 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