BEWARE OF UNOFFICIAL VENDORS
SOFIC exhibitors and attendees have reported receiving solicitations from vendors NOT affiliated with SOFIC – specifically regarding hotel reservations and attendee list sales.
Attendee Email List Scams
We would like to remind all participants that NDIA does not distribute or sell an attendee mailing list or email list for SOFIC. Any solicitation claiming to have a list of SOFIC attendees is fraudulent.
Hotel Reservation Scams
Housing for 2021 SOFIC will open in January 2021. Unscrupulous third parties are sending out emails not affiliated to NDIA, USSOCOM, or SOFIC asking that attendees book hotel reservations through them. They are asking for full payment, do not provide any credit card information to these companies.
Additionally, numerous convention bureaus are reporting hundreds of complaints from trade show managers who are receiving similar reports from exhibiting companies who booked rooms through a “third party room broker” and ended up at sold-out hotels with no reservations and no recourse for the payment of rooms. These brokers falsely imply they are affiliated with show management and secure deposits and/or full prepayment from exhibiting companies.
SOFIC’s official housing and registration provider is Experient and NDIA has no affiliation with any other room brokers. Experient is the only company that is officially sanctioned and certified by NDIA to book hotel rooms on behalf of its exhibitors and attendees.
We urge all exhibitors and attendees to be especially diligent when engaging with any vendor who is not an official contractor of SOFIC. NDIA and our official SOFIC vendors will never send emails from a non-business account such as Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, etc.
If you receive a solicitation and are unsure of the vendor’s affiliation with SOFIC, please reach out to any member of the SOFIC team to verify its legitimacy.
May 17 – 20, 2021