Scam Alert: ALTA Mailing Database

May 9, 2017

ALTA would like to inform its members about fraudulent emails coming from marketing firms indicating that they are selling contact information of companies listed in ALTA’s database.

The email scam asks if the recipient would like to acquire an attendee list of upcoming ALTA meetings. Mailing list scams try to snag unsuspecting businesses with offers of lists of potential new clients.

ALTA has not provided its list to these companies. Lists can only be legally acquired after ALTA approves marketing pieces that are to be physically mailed to offices. ALTA prohibits anyone other than the association from calling and emailing companies on the ALTA membership list for marketing purposes.

ALTA is reaching out to the domain registrars to alert them of the abuse. This type of advertising violates the federal Lanham Act. ALTA also plans to report the fraudulent domains to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center.

To protect yourself, do not open attachments or click links included in suspicious email. You should also not respond or even “unsubscribe” to messages that seem suspicious.

 

Sample of the fraudulent email:

Hi,

We would like to help you to get in touch with the potential attendees/visitors as mentioned below for your upcoming event Large Agents Conference, Nashville ALTA Innovation Boot Camp, Baltimore ALTA Innovation Boot Camp 2017.

Kindly let me know if there are any other specification to provide samples.

  • C- level, VP’s, President, Owners, Founders, Chairman, Managing Directors, Directors, Managers, Heads and other decision makers.

Data Fields Included: Company Name, Contact Name, Contact Title, Direct Phone Number, Verified Email Address, Mailing Address, Fax Number, Revenue Size & No. of Employees Size, SIC Code, Industry Type and many more.

Key Benefits:       1 free email campaign along with the list purchase.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Erica Miller

Business Development Manager

Global Events, Summits and Conference Consultants


Contact ALTA at 202-296-3671 or communications@alta.org.

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