Scammers continue to target potential coin convention attendees, now taking aim at patrons of the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money.
Colorado dealer William M. Rosenblum told Coin World, after reading of a similar scam involving the World Money Fair in Berlin, that he recently received a telephone call from a company purporting to represent the ANA and hotels for the 2015 show in Rosemont, near the O’Hare airport.
“The name of the company was Global Housing in regards to the upcoming show in Rosemont,” Rosenblum said. “I didn’t speak with him but his message said to to call him at 844-592-1859 ext. 410, but the call came from 438-793-8152.”
According to Rosenblum, the call may be traced to Toronto, Canada. Generally, in these scams, the callers are attempting to obtain credit card information.
Upon emailing the ANA, a representative warned him that the company calling him wasn’t associated with the ANA.
“I don’t believe I ever received a note from the ANA alerting us to the scam, but I could be wrong,” he said.
The ANA's 2015 event is scheduled to be held Aug. 11 to 15 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.
ANA executive director Kim Kiick, during an interview also including ANA director of marketing and communications Jake Sherlock and conventions director Rhonda Scurek, told Coin World that this is an ongoing issue.
“We haven’t had any issues of late,” said Kiick. “We educate our dealer community and our club community and tell them to go right to the source, to worldsfairofmoney.com or nationalmoneyshow.com, to book their hotels.”
Sherlock said, “We will never call you to sell you a hotel room. We’re in the education business, not the hotel and hospitality business.”
The scam possibility is something that convention attendees for all shows, including the Whitman Baltimore and Long Beach Expos, are facing.
“You have to be a savvy consumer,” said Sherlock.
The ANA last issued an advisory about this type of scammer in 2012.
Scams of this sort have been prevalent for all of Scurek’s five years at the ANA, she said, and even preceding her time at the Colorado Springs, Colo., based organization. They are made easier for scammers because of the prevalence of dealer lists published online.
“It’s ongoing with every coin show — I got three or four calls right before the [Florida United Numismatists] show trying to sell me a hotel room. I just laughed at them,” she said. “It’s industry-wide. It’s not just us and it’s not just Berlin.”