ConferenceSeries is a group of criminal fraudsters (usually with Indian background) who need to be rounded up and severely punished. Their assets should be seized to recompense the many, many, many who have been tricked. Over 60 delegates were scammed by ConferenceSeries 3 days ago, all in the one conference venue in Melbourne, Australia - would you believe on opening day? The scam occurred across 2 fields of study - material science/nanotechnology and paediatric medicine held in 2 different rooms. This caused combined alarm and outrage. It is the first time I've seen a contingent of police and detectives called in by delegates to the one conference venue to investigate. This is the MO of ConferenceSeries and other predatory conference scams like it: 1. There is no contact information for anyone in the ConferenceSeries organisation that is reliable or credible. There is no sponsor and no-one gets paid, including invited speakers. You will see overseas contact numbers and email addresses advertised on conference material which will not get you anywhere should you choose to reach out for trustworthy and reliable information. 2. Greatly exaggerated conference title eg 'World Congress something or other..' associated with very low, amateurish standard of conference amenity. Conference kits and information are disproportionately low quality to poor compared to the conference registration fee delegates have paid. 3. Attractive conference venue initially advertised, such as 5 star renowned and centrally located hotel chain/convention centre in a popular global city, desirable for tourists. This is the lure - the hook with the fat worm on it. This is the bait to entice you to pay the registration fee. At the ‘last minute’, typically a day or two before the scheduled conference start date, someone switches the venue to some low key, cheap out of the way place in the outskirts of the same city. No notification may be given to you of the venue change however if you do contact a ConferenceSeries member to complain about poor communication, they will tell you they tried contacting you through emails and made repeated phone calls to reach you about the venue change when they did nothing of the sort. 4. As a second lure, ConferenceSeries advertise a detailed conference lecture program online with fake grainy photos of fake international academic luminaries or misrepresented actual academic luminaries. These draw you in - once again to get you to pay the high registration fee because the 'United Nations' looking academia make it look legit and give it a sense of gravitas. 5 The registration fee is always in foreign currency limited to US dollars, British pounds or Euros. This fee is paid online via the Conference series website. Typically fees start from $599 USD, once again way out of proportion to the eventual poor standard of the actual conference. Do NOT pay it! As you are not going to be getting a 'world congress' as advertised but an informal village meeting. 6. Acknowledgement of payment is sent via email to record that you voluntarily handed over your payment ie. you weren't robbed. However, there are NO credible details of the conference organisation who has taken your money or the organiser on the receipt. You will have no idea where your money just went to. 7. The conference program advertised online can be filled with textbook loads of topics - the third lure. It will not fit into the time allotted for the lecture program over 2 days with 3 coffee breaks and lunch. Fake social media reviews might be attached praising the depth and peer reviewed rigour of conference material presented. 8. The ConferenceSeries conference is typically advertised to be held over 2 days however they only need duped delegates to turn up on Day 1, when a representative will take a picture of the bewildered group of delegates sitting down at their tables listening to the speaker (who BTW is a delegate who has been duped into thinking he/she is worthy to be the keynote speaker). 9. When you arrive for the conference, you can see a very modest amount of money has been outlaid by ConferenceSeries to book a cheaper, out of the way, semi-plausible venue. Needless to say the venue is nowhere near 'World Congress' standard. You will also find a little bit of money has been spent providing a laminated attendance certificate to assuage your growing anger. Also a conference ID lanyard and maybe a cheap useless brochure and paper show bag. 10. There is no conference introduction or welcome. Someone from the group will just get up and say 'Oh well since, I was asked to give a talk I'll be the first to start..' Ha, ha! On Day 2 of the ConferenceSeries conference, nobody shows up. It's finished. Scam job successfully completed. Have a good life. 11. Despite the online hype about 'International' or 'World' convention or conference, the number of delegates is usually limited to a modest number, say 40-50 people, to fit in a modest-sized room. 12. A ConferenceSeries staff member may use that discrete picture from Day 1's attendance to demonstrate the faux conference is not a scam at all to candidates who dare complain by email. 'Of course, it's not a scam. You see in the email attachment, there is a picture of people sitting down listening to a talk at the venue. Isn't that enough evidence that this is not a scam?' 13. No information about the conference coordinator or sponsor or any contact information about the conference organisers are given by ConferenceSeries in their emailed reply to your complaint. You may liaise briefly with a person with an English sounding pseudo name such as Saby Mathews, they will inform you that they will discuss with their 'higher authority' (Satan?) and will endeavour to 'get back to you as soon as possible' which unfortunately for you, means never. In the end, delegates turn up to witness a farcical comedy of other conference delegates turning up to give talks to each other for gratis. Just like a local WhatsApp group, it costs nothing. Essentially speakers do not know they have been used and tricked already twice over - three times over if speakers have succumbed to earlier flattery about their professional eminence (when ConferenceSeries really don't know them from a bar of soap). Original delegates who are tempted to become 'academic lecturers' by unashamed flattery from ConferenceSeries staff usually will receive an email or phone call about a month before the conference start date. Fatefully, they are tempted to also provide a photograph of themselves as well as an electronic signature for ConferenceSeries' online self-promotional use. For those who have offered their photo and their authentic signature, you will have no control of how these will be used again. Nor can you request that your signature or photo be withdrawn as it is now ConferenceSeries property. ConferenceSeries also may embed a spy or a mole among the delegates (usually Indian ethnicity). That sham delegate will appear to others as just an ordinary fellow delegate or conference attendee. But his or her manner and demeanour is to 'facilitate' momentum in the group and report about the final outcome to 'head office'. That mole will seem a real people person - perhaps enthusiastic, congenial or encouraging or have some leadership quality among the group of otherwise lost-looking scammed delegates. In this way, some discussion and mileage is promoted by the mole as if to make the most of a scam situation. And of course, in the end, that mole provides a glowing online report about how great and worthwhile that particular scam conference was in contrast to the overwhelming negative reports from others. In short, ConferenceSeries organisers/scammers enjoy a certain comedic satisfaction at the gullibility of professionals across a wide range of disciplines, in some situations playing on their professional vanity, their need to keep up to date in the 21st century, their desire to improve their CVs and a universal desire to travel to foreign places to escape usual daily work routine. Medical and health care workers are fantastic targets as they are generally trusting souls who don't fight back much. Out of embarrassment or natural passivity, particularly with certain cultures and ethnicities, many deceived conference delegates are too embarrassed to complain and 'just don't want to cause trouble' - serving ConferenceSeries very well indeed. ConferenceSeries perfectly understand that in good faith, individual hard-working people have taken time off weeks beforehand, paid hundreds of dollars for conference registration, thousands of dollars in organised travel and accommodation etc...but do they really care? Of course they do, but in a roundabout way. They want your business again as a repeat customer, which is the reason why in the near future as more people complain it is likely the online presence of ConferenceSeries will gradually disappear....only to be resurrected in another form, one way or another, as an evil twin under a different name. To use adjectives like 'predatory' or 'flaky' to describe ConferenceSeries and similar ilk, as some online reviewers do, is too kind. As is the term 'money-making' as per Beall et al. Such organisations as these should be branded as thieves, criminals and fraudsters who are to be arrested, publicly identified, fined and jailed with the cooperation of police resources from across the world. I hope this review has been helpful to you so you can make a wise decision about joining a ConferenceSeries conference. I believe scammed delegates, as a force for good, should motivate Google, Facebook as well as other search engines and social media to completely and utterly wipe out Conference Series and OMICS from online and social media existence!
Review by Chalmyne Akinadewo1 month ago
I attended what was supposed to be a world hospice Congress in Singapore. The conference was switched to an oncology conference and the full day of lectures and interactive sessions turned out to be 3 1/2 hrs and a cheap lunch with only 16 participants. Nobody from conference series was present, no interactive groups, no exhibits etc. when I contacted them- they urged me to attend the second day and I did not. While still in Singapore that second day- I filed a fraud claim with my credit card company as work did not pay for my conference. After 4 months of providing documentation and screen shots of what was promised and what was delivered- I was refunded my fees! What a scam and this company needs to be stopped. Preying on palliative care and hospice professionals is just criminal- as well as other health care professionals!!
Review by Tsuman Peruggi2 months ago
So I have been the latest victime! I am a therapist and was planning on going to the Cognitive development and Resilience conference in Nice, France on November 22-23 2019 and i just ran into this site because even though i already paid, something didn't seem right. Of course they are not responding. I will go to the police and file a report and call my bank. This is shameful and disgusting; Beware
Review by ClareMungo2 months ago
Worst conference I have attended in 36 years. 2nd day cancelled. Quality very poor.
Do not attend any meetings by Conference Series or related organisers - see below.
Review by Phanipiya Dalgreen3 months ago
As everyone is mentioning, this is a scam.
I suscribed as speaker to a conference about bio-informatics in Valencia Spain, that will be held in november this year. The Indian accents supporters had created a lot of excuses to not publish the hotel or give real information. After paid the registration, they just dissapeared without answering any emails. After seeing all this, of course I will not attend.
Review by Achira3 months ago
Careful with Innovinc Series. It's a hoax!
Review by Stooby Ohmura3 months ago
Just found this website from fellow scammed scientist at the Bioplastics & Biopolymers 9th Ed. held in London last August. Hope I had seen your reviews before.
The conference was a bad joke, they didn´t meet half the programme announced and when they cancelled the talks and workshops - they even gave me a certificate of participation on them! - they claimed that it was due to having no rooms available! Surely a minimally professional congress would have done that in advance! And when the attendants complained, they had the guts to tell us that we "could use the time to go visit London!!" Unvelievable really. Of course, I claimed a refund but "puff" smoke-bomb an dissappeared... Hope we could join together to get propper action against these scammers.
Review by Supay3 months ago
I have been scammed this month in a Sustainable Agriculture Conference. I paid the registration fees a few months ago and I wonder If any of you who had the same problem with this scammers managed to report it or claim the money back. I don´t really know which steps I should take.
Review by Ikeagirl3 months ago
bloody indian scammers! Karma will get to you guys !!! we lost $600 thanks to this bloody mofos....
Review by Greenhq4 months ago
I attended a "conference" organized by this company in Amsterdam, April, 2019. They actually reached out to ME in the fall of 2018 to be a speaker at this conference that was supposed to be two days.They asked that I be a "keynote speaker" (something that was not particularly important to me as I am not in academia) Then, over the next few months, I received numerous emails instructing me to hurry up and register for the conference. I was also encouraged to tell my US colleagues about it so they could attend. (I did not feel that was my responsibility, especially knowing nothing about the conference) It was quite costly, especially since I was coming from the US but I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn from other forensic psychologists from around the world. Although I as an invited speaker, None of my expenses were paid. I didn't even have a ride from the airport to the hotel. The locaton of the conference changed three times and ended up at a Holiday Inn. There were 7, maybe 8 people in the room. Not a "conference" at all. The "moderator" for our group arrived two hours late and I later found out that her hotel accommodations were paid for by the organizers/company. Another speaker/attendee told me that she only paid for 2 of her three nights at the hotel; the company paid for one of her nights. Another speaker/attendee told me that he only paid for the conference itself and was able to make his own accommodations. The contact person who corresponded with me via email was difficult to reach and was using a false name; and clearly English was not his first language because when he sent an email the grammar, syntax, vocabulary choices were strange. That should have told me it was a scam. It was supposed to be a forensic conference but at the last minute (the day before I left the US) I was informed that the conference had been expanded to "Clinical Psychology" AND Forensic Psychology/Criminology. Of course, they made it sound like that was going to benefit us in some way. Obviously, there were not enough speakers and participants to hold a two-day conference or even a 1-day conference. Three of the speakers didn't even show up. The organizers should have cancelled the "conference" but they wanted to keep the money. So, I paid hundreds of dollars for a two-day international forensic psychology conference, plus $1100 in airfare, to come to a 1-day "conference" with a hodge-podge of presentations that had nothing to do with each other and little to do with either topic area. This conference was grossly misrepresented and clearly was simply a money-making venture for the organizers. I wish I had read some of the legitimate reviews before I agreed to be a part of it. The only saving grace was the on-site coordinator, Ms. Carol Afflick, who was pleasant, professional, organized and very understanding of everyone's frustration. She deserved a medal.
Review by SueMarie Androw4 months ago
Conference series is a scam. They will take your money, move the location of the conference and then disappear if you confront them. Please spread the word that this is a scam. Tell you friends and colleagues not to book anything via Conference series. If you have any advise on how to report their Facebook page as well- please let me know. I would love to report them to authorities.
Review by LaCresta Strandgårdskolen4 months ago
I have visited this years 9th World Congress on Biopolymers &
Bioplastic and it was a total diaster. The brochure promised:
12+ Interactive Sessions
5+ Keynote Lectures
50+ Plenary Lectures
Instead, we got NO interactive session, 3 keynote lectures, 10 plenary lectures, NO workshop and 1 exhibition. The program of the second day was cancelled.
They will write you 10 polite emails when they want you to pay, but no reply after your complaints.
Review by Bingnan Gillhespey4 months ago
There is no -5 stars or else i will give CONFERENCE SERIES and partner companies those -5 stars. very BAD, predatory and fake company runs on others money. sales accommodations on high prices and then provide discounts on it. please people go through websites and other reviews before attending this organization conferences.
this is a completely high profit organization.
Review by Tenzo4 months ago
I had to cancel my congres. I did so in due time. I did not get my payment reimburced.
After loads of mails they just got quiet and nothing happened .
This was in 2018 , still waiting.
This company is a proper rip off.
Review by JamesRees Derrow4 months ago
This conference is rather different than other which I have participated. I strongly suggest to think twice before choosing this event. For me is a big fake and I am suprised that conference series still organize events... The price is high and all You can get in this price is bad organization and comunication level zero (the organizers do not answer your e-mails). For excample in Vienna not averyone had a place to sit and what is more the second day of conference was a big surprice becouse organizers do not booked the room for sesion so all participants were sitting int the hotel hall. I do not recoment events organized by "conferenceseries" at all!
Review by Yoto4 months ago
Any conferences that this company arranges is not legitimate. Be warned they approach you and ask if you'll be a keynote speaker (very unorthodox - unless you're well known). They'll ask for the details of your academic team (for their databases) and say you'll get a group discount (also very unorthodox). They will pass on your details to FAKE journals to publish your research (Check SJR rating most of these journals sound real but they are not recognised).
Review by Jorgia Ngbokora4 months ago
I'm speechless, "conference series" - me and another 6 participants (3 of whom were speakers) have arrived at the "diet, Nutrition and Obesity summit" in Yokohama, Japan only to find out that *no one else is here*, the organizers have not even arrived in the Japan.
Is this a joke? 😡😡😡😡
No one from "conference series" is answering our emails /phone calls about what hell is going on!?
Review by Eeshan5 months ago
I wish I had seen this site before presenting at 28th European Diabetes Congress in Edinburgh this month. As others have said, there was no organisation or assistance. We had to run sessions ourselves. Half the speakers didn't turn up due to "visa issues", so the meeting only ran for less than half the time it was due to. No conference dinner as charged for. Most people left on the second day. I complained and someone pretended to be the organiser's manager saying he had been suspended, but I think it was the same person! Never seen anything like it. Will try and pursue complaint, but not confident. Beware!
Review by Bearzatto5 months ago
A further note to add to my last entry from Humble Tradie:
1. Do not fall into the trap of thinking that a ConferenceSeries conference that you have just attended is just simply badly planned or badly organized. Do not subconsciously make excuses for these people who have precisely arranged things to occur this way to stuff you up and scam you. ConferenceSeries will try to appease you by appealing to your good nature and understanding by saying it's not their fault. For example: 'Well, we invited the best academics and they had promised to come, but in the end they were too busy and so decided to not come and go back to their universities...other lecturers could only fit in half a day, others had to take leave' Ahem..what can you say to that as a delegate? Those damn lazy doctors and professors! It's not ConferenceSeries fault that academics were too lethargic to bother to turn up to an 'International World Congress' - a world congress that was broadcast online months beforehand right? So you see how you’ve been fooled by a ‘the dog ate my homework’ type of excuse. It’s like delegates were originally promised a beautiful 3 tier cake at the time of registration payment but in the end, they just got a laughable small piece of mouldy toast.
2. ConferenceSeries may attempt to appease you if you're not happy by offering you free registration for another ConferenceSeries conference in the near future that you could attend. Do not fall for it. The long and short of it, is you have been heartlessly scammed.
3. ConferenceSeries may offer you a cheap luncheon on Day 2 without the original lecture timetable for the few who do turn up on Day 2 who find there is nothing happening and conference rooms are closed. Enjoy your tea and sandwiches. Don't forget to take a selfie.
The best way is to report this group of criminals who continue to enjoy the rampant success of a slick, well oiled machine preying on the ignorance of the typical, time poor, international conference delegate - a demographic they have studied meticulously.
Instead of feeling like a mug, combine together with fellow scammed delegates and report them to authorities. ConferenceSeries are a societal cancer that must be pulled out completely by the stem and the root.
You should also be aware ConferenceSeries is a subsidiary of OMICS Publishing Group based in India. OMICS was fined by the US this year to the tune of $50M for fraud.
Obviously, this fine has not stopped OMICS reincarnating their dubious operation in the form of another entity, as the scamming profits that continue to be generated from ConferenceSeries can easily recuperate a relatively trivial $50 million rapidly.
Review by Rosimack Cushley5 months ago
I booked a cardiology conference in Chicago this july.I paid $1000 registration in february this year and have since heard nil from them.
No conference hotel and now no answers to phone or email .
I am surprised no Regulator has started looking into them!
Review by Alve Laddusaw6 months ago
Another victim of the Helsinki, Finland conference.
There was not even one organiser present at the venue and hardly any speakers or audience. The organisers kept changing the emails till the last minute.
There is a man who calls himself Mark Linger and he will bombarding you with calls from an America number begging and pleading for you to attend and also get other people. However, you cannot call back on the number that he calls you from.
Please be particularly careful if you are one of the speakers and giving them details about your research as they will use it inappropriately without giving you any credit after bombarding you with a number of emails from a number of different dubious journals.
In addition, they will use your personal details and research details inappropriately and unethically to advertise their other conferences in other parts of the world without seeking your permission. You may not even realise they are doing this.
There was a lady who said her name was “Carol” and she said she was from London and she had just been employed up by them a couple of weeks ago. However, from the conference series.com reviews I understand that she has been present on previous conferences too with the conference series company. In fact, one participant from America had met her recently in another conference organised by the same company in Spain.
She is just a good actress and most people would walk out from the conference blaming the organisers but praising her because she is really good at her game.
Dr Papa Jr can you please provide me details of your group as I am happy to join you to expose these scammers.
Review by Janair Stoiceva6 months ago
Yet another sham "International Nutrition conference" in Brisbane yesterday. We discovered many people saying the same things in reviews below. They were quick to take high registration fees, then they ghost. Last minute venue changes, no organisers turn up, missing speakers, no answers to emails, phone numbers don't work, fake names... Beware!!!! It's a giant scam!!!!
Review by Michalis Sopheavong6 months ago
I paid for both my parents to attend a conference in Atlanta, Georgia, totalling to more than €960. When they faced visa issues and tried to cancel their trip and ask for a refund, someone from the conference called them repeatedly and convinced them to instead transfer their money to the next conference for a year later and apply for visa again and they naively agreed. I convinced them to cancel the second trip and just ask for a refund. Since then I have been calling the ConferenceSeries every week for 3 months and every time they lie to me that they will refund me. They stopped picking up the phone since two weeks ago. My parents live in Iran and 960Euro is a considerable amount of money for them. And we've been scammed! I just don't understand why no organization in the US takes any kind of legal action against them. It's like a little Nigerian Prince situation going on in the US. Shame
Review by Ghalib6 months ago
Wow, was going to pay for a dental conference in Osaka Japan May What a joke. Supposedly at the Hyatt then suddenly changed to Moxy, some 3 star place...guess what...same price. Luckily the money for the Hyatt didn't go through. Called and called and emailed. Same story every time from someone called Kevin.....yeah right! Will be interesting just to drop in and see what it's like.Giving up ...scammers
Review by Baruc6 months ago
Bunch of looters and liars ! Conference series uses cheap marketing tricks to woo young and dynamic doctors to present their talks and research papers at International Forums and then cheat them. The representative on phone cannot even talk proper English.
No pick-up and drop from the airport and hotel. Venue changed ! Not even one organiser was present at the venue. No audience even ! They are nothing but a bunch of Nincompoops who are going to get into big trouble very soon ! Like the saying goes, "you cannot fool all the people at all times"
Their latest scam was at Helsinki, Finland, whilst pretending to conduct the 5th Annual conference in Nursing and 2nd Annual conference in Emergency Medicine.
A union is being formed by all those affected in the past, which is awaited to put all of them behind bars.