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Fake trade fair invoices making the rounds

6 December 2017

A company calling itself Fair Expo continues to send out fake invoices to Dutch companies relating to their supposed participation in a trade fair. Businesses may be tempted to pay these invoices, because much of the information on them is correct.

The invoices look credible because many recipients actually signed up for the fair, which will take placeĀ at the Jaarbeurs conference centre in Utrecht, as stated on the invoice. Furthermore, the name of the fair and the stand number assigned to the company are also spot on. The sender of these fake invoice may have found a list of participants and their contact details in public sources.

Jaarbeurs has issued a warning of these bogus invoices.

Our advice
If you have doubts about any invoice relating to an event scheduled to take place at Jaarbeurs, then please look out for the following features. They may help you distinguish a genuine invoice from a fake one:

  • Authentic invoices always carry the Jaarbeurs logo
  • Invoices from Jaarbeurs always give an ABN Amro bank account number

Here’s an example: