As a friend of Chris Sherman and a two time past presenter at VW I am posting this for public awareness!
This is a public service announcement to tell you to avoid an email marketing firm called Optin Lists which is selling fake virtual worlds conference attendee lists. Repeat: These lists are fake, filled with bogus information. Please keep in mind that we at Virtual Worlds Management (operator of this blog and the Virtual Worlds Conference series) do not sell or rent any of our attendee lists.
We learned of the bogus offering after Optin Lists contacted one of our prior exhibitors with an offer to sell said exhibitor the show attendee list. See email to the right >>
Upon receiving the forwarded email from said exhibitor one of our undercover operatives here at Virtual Worlds Management, posing as a potential customer, contacted Optin Lists directly to learn more about the company and what exactly they were offering to sell.
What really amazed us is the audacity of their claims. While we wish 6,651 people attended the Virtual Law conference last month, that simply is not true. And the Virtual Worlds 2008 Conference did not have 4,375 attendees. None of these attendee numbers in this chart are correct. We have publicly stated many of our attendee numbers (1,200 people attended VW2008) so whoever put this chart together did not do any research.
Keep away from Optin Lists. Our understanding is that they are also claiming to sell attendee lists for other conferences and tradeshows in other industries as well.