Sarah Martinez writes,
There's a group of scammers using convention websites to pull together lists of folks who are going to need hotels in any given metropolitan area for cons/tradeshows. They've been contacting Awesome Con dealers and posing as the con hotel to get credit card information. (Note, they could totally do this for any con with contact info listed, dealers or Artist Alley.)
I got tipped off by con-staff from Anime USA. Apparently these scammers' phone calls were confusing a ton of folks and the AUSA volunteers were getting emails from worried dealers. AUSA called their ACTUAL con hotel and Marriott confirmed that this kind of scam is typical for tradeshows in other industries.
We're big enough to be noticed! YAAAAY! Wait. That's bad.
Okay, so rule of thumb. Hotels are busy. They will not call you. Do not give your credit card over the phone to people you didn't call yourself. Spread the word. Many artists are kind folks with loving hearts who may not recognize deception. And some of us are too busy and just grateful of some time-saving phone calls by thoughtful/profit-driven hotels.
Share with your con-friends. PROTECT THE CON-FOLK!
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