Guidance on exhibitor scams

Exhibitors are being targeted by organisations claiming to be, or work with the CIPD. They can offer misleading data services, accommodation recommendations and show guide services. Sometimes, they use existing CIPD branding which may appear genuine.

Please be aware and remain vigilant when contacted by these organisations. We recommend not responding to these communications, and to circulate examples of scam emails to make the appropriate teams aware of the risk. The CIPD Festival of Work is not in any way associated with these organisations and does not engage in the sale or trade of any customer/data lists or charge for show guides/profiles.

If you are ever in doubt about a piece of communication received in relation to the CIPD Festival of Work, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Account Manager.

Common scams to be aware of


If you ever receive a postal form requesting information, please check with a member of the CIPD Festival of Work team. Show guide scams have been circulating for years, and as per the small-print, these entries have charges involved.

Your genuine exhibitor profile is part of your exhibitor package and has no additional cost. We do not ever ask for profiles to be completed by post.


We are aware that many fraudulent organisations claim to be selling attendee data in the lead-up and also post-event. Some pose to be from the CIPD. Please be aware this is not our event data and is generic (unlawful data).

CIPD and Haymarket Media Group take GDPR and data protection very seriously and excluding our registration supplier, this information is not shared with any third parties.

We take the safety of our clients very seriously and take all available steps to investigate and minimise misleading emails. Please get in touch with your Account Manager if you suspect any form of communication you receive to be suspicious or unlawful.