Last Updated: Nov 05, 2019 10:17AM PSTHousing 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 SEMICON West & DAC’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 SEMICON West & DAC 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 SEMICON West & DAC name and meeting details.
- Refer to the official SEMICON West & DAC Site: Avoid using search engines and find event and housing information directly from the official SEMICON West & DAC meeting web pages and CMR’s website(s). Scammers often pay to place digital ads at the top of your search results to promote their fraudulent sites. Their sites incorrectly use SEMICON West & DAC’s copyright, name, and meeting details.
Ignore and delete phishing emails. These emails pose as the SEMICON West & DAC 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 SEMICON West & DAC’s and CMR’s websites.
If you are contacted by any agency other than CMR, please immediately notify CMR.