The Academy is aware that several fraudulent companies, pretending to be associated with the Academy and AAO 2018, may appear in web searches or may contact you via email. These companies are unaffiliated with the Academy, but claim that they can book hotel rooms and/or register you for the Academy's annual meeting. These sites may request deposits or even full pre-payment, but they often do not secure the rooms as promised. The Academy is working through legal channels to shut these false websites down, but new ones pop up every day.
It is very important that you only book hotel rooms and registration through the Academy’s website. If you do email or speak on the phone with an Academy representative, please note that Academy staff will never ask you to verify your membership by requesting both a member ID and password. If you are ever in doubt, please email email@example.com or call 1.415.561.8500 to confirm before reserving a hotel room or registering.
Learn more about what you can do to spot housing poachers, provided by the Academy's official housing provider Expovision.