The BBB is issuing an alert about a bridal show promotion that could pop up in our area. The promoters apparently operated solely online and by phone, so they could really be anywhere and could claim to be located anywhere, under any name.
Dream Wedding Bridal Expo (DWBE) came to our attention last week. DWBE has a Web site at www.dreamweddingbridalexpo.com.
A local Dallas, Texas reporter learned from a bridal service that they had received an email blast and paid a deposit to DWBE to be featured at a bridal exhibit at a Dallas hotel. The bridal service said that after paying the deposit, they checked with the hotel and learned DWBE had not even contacted the hotel about exhibit space. The bridal service asked DWBE for a refund but hasn’t received it. The bridal service has filed a complaint with Dallas BBB, and says he is notifying other wedding businesses, and filing complaints with Attorney General and www.ic3.gov. We don’t know if there are other victims out there.
The bridal service noted that the address shown on DWBE’s site is a large office building, and there’s no indication of which suite DWBE supposedly was in.
The Dallas BBB confirmed with the hotel that DWBE had not even contacted them. The hotel representative said she also spoke to three of the “sponsors” listed on DWBE’s site and none of them had heard of DWBE.
Last Thursday the reporter said DWBE told her that due to “issues with the venue” and “lack of support”, the show is cancelled.
The BBB Business review for DWBE is available by clicking the following link.
In addition, the bridal service that complained to the BBB found that a bridal show promoter operated the same way in March 2010 in Boston. Although we have no information to show that the Boston show is connected to the Dallas show, the method of operating looks the same.
Here’s a link to a news story on the Boston show:
As always, be careful who you are speaking with and always do your own research before making any purchasing decisions. If this or a similar scam happened to you please contact the BBB at firstname.lastname@example.org