Last Updated: May 01, 2019 01:12PM PDTHousing Warning: Watch out for Scammers!
We want to alert you to a growing issue and to help you avoid being scammed.
A number of fraudulent and unofficial housing websites posing as SfN’s housing provider continue to emerge each year. Most recently, these groups have been directly emailing attendees, soliciting hotel reservations and requesting payment through their websites. Do not book a hotel with these third-party companies; you could ultimately lose money and their websites do not guarantee your reservation.
Tips to Evade Scammers
Avoid Google and other search engines. Get information directly from the official SfN meeting web pages or our website. Scammers pay to position ads at the top of your search results, including the fraudulent sites that use the SfN name and meeting details.
Book and confirm your housing with CMR. Always login in to sfn.org and go directly to the CMR website. Look for the Official Housing Provider badge on both sites (see below). Third-party companies often illegally represent themselves as travel agencies, soliciting attendees and exhibitors, and offer to assist with hotel reservations.
Ignore and delete phishing emails. These emails pose as the SfN and try to entice you to disclose personal information, such as your username, password, or bank account details.
These third-party companies will often use a fake email alias and sender name to hide their true origin and to appear as a legitimate housing vendor. Emails may bait you to click on insecure links and attachments. Look out for the official vendor badge (see below) and legitimate contact information (such as phone numbers or email contact) that match the support information listed on the official SfN’s and CMR’s websites.
If you are contacted by any agency other than CMR, please immediately notify CMR.