Several fraudulent companies, pretending to be associated with the Academy and AAO 2019, may appear in web searches or may have contacted you via email. These companies claim that they can book hotel rooms and/or register you for the Academy's annual meeting, but they are unaffiliated with the Academy. The Academy continues to work through legal channels to shut these false websites down, but new ones pop up every day.
Fraudulent sites may appear similar to the Academy's site and promise that they can register you or “prebook” rooms. They may request deposits or even demand full prepayment. These fraudulent sites will take your money and may, or may not, secure a room or register you for the Academy's annual meeting. If they do complete the transaction, it will be at a higher price than through the Academy’s website. Review AAO 2019 registration categories and fees. Note that an Academy representative will never ask you to verify your membership by requesting both a member ID and password.
To avoid these scams, it is very important that you only book hotel rooms and registration through the links provided by the Academy. Be sure to verify the site address in any link before continuing. The Academy does not use an additional, or special website for AAO 2019.
The official hotel reservation provider for AAO 2019 is Expovision. If you are ever in doubt, you can email email@example.com or call 1.415.561.8500, or contact Expovision directly: firstname.lastname@example.org or toll free at 1.866.774.0487.