3 Event Registrations Scams To Watch Out For
Event registrations scams are becoming prevalent as internet scams are expected, albeit annoying, intrusion on our personal and business lives. While online event registration is certainly not exempt from scams, simply being aware of the types of scams that are circulating should minimize any repercussions that they could have on your event.
That being said, some incredibly creative person is always dreaming up a new type of scam, so don’t let your guard down. A recent personal experience got me thinking about how scams also infiltrate event registration.
Registering with a Stolen Credit Card and Refund Requests
Event registration is increasingly becoming targeted by scammers in an attempt to receive a monetary refund for fraudulent credit card transactions. What they do is register for your event with a stolen credit card and then request a refund by an alternate method. You could fall into a trap if you are persuaded to refund the registration fees by cheque rather than by applying the refund to the original credit card. If you mail a cheque to the scammer, they will have your money. When the person who owns the credit card sees the fraudulent transaction on their credit card statement, they will contact the credit card company to have the charges removed. The credit card company will take the funds from your bank account and you will be out for the amount of the cheque. As a general rule, you should always refund a transaction by the method it was paid.
Registering to Get a Visitor’s Visa
If your event is open to international registration, people may register for the event as a pretense so that they can gain access to the country. If this occurs, the registrant will most likely contact you requesting a letter of invitation which will be required as part of their visitor’s visa application. Once your event has been targeted, there may be multiple registrations coming in from the country in question. You should question registrations from countries that you don’t expect registrants from. Based off our experience, these fraudulent registrations originate from African countries, particularly Nigeria. Fraudulent registrations may have been submitted using a stolen credit card, so you will want to be aware of any with approved credit card transactions.
Requesting Personal Information
While registration data is generally of a public nature (such as name and address) as opposed to personal information (such as passwords and account information), it’s good practice to establish policies about how you give out registrant information. If somebody contacts you by phone or email indicating that they have registered for your event, ask some questions to verify their identity before offering them any information. If handled properly, these scams should not have any impact on your event other than the annoyance factor.
If you have any questions about this topic, don’t hesitate to contact us. If you would like to research this topic further, the following websites provide more information about internet scams:
Crimes of Persuasion: Schemes, Scams, Frauds: http://www.crimes-of-persuasion.com/