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.
Registration and hotel reservations for AAO 2019 do not open until June 2019. It is very important that you only book hotel rooms and registration through the Academy’s website.
Fraudulent sites may promise that they can “prebook” rooms before June, request deposits or even demand full prepayment. Note that an Academy representative will never ask you to verify your membership by requesting both a member ID and password. If you are ever in doubt, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.415.561.8500 to confirm before reserving a hotel room or registering.