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Arrrrr Matey, Beware of Housing Pirates!

Housing pirates pretend to be contacting you on behalf of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and then offer a discounted rate on a hotel room in the hopes of obtaining your credit card information.

Published On: June 2016

Avoid Housing Fraud

PirateSummer is here and that means it’s time to prepare for WE16 in Philadelphia, Oct. 27-29. Like any big event, there are always people out there trying to take advantage of those traveling. So-called “housing pirates” go so far as to create official websites and will call or email you directly in order to get your business. They pretend to be contacting you on behalf of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and then offer a discounted rate on a hotel room in the hopes of obtaining your credit card information. In many cases, the room reservation may not even exist and you won’t find out until you call the hotel directly or show up to claim your room.

SWE will never make unsolicited phone calls.

SWE and our official housing firm Experient-Inc. will never make an unsolicited phone call to you. We will only respond upon a request from you. If someone calls you from a housing agency to book rooms for WE16, DO NOT use this service.

WE16Be aware of their aggressive sales tactics to pressure you into booking a room, such as telling you that the rooms are almost sold out. These pirates will even prowl the internet and social media to obtain personal information about you as a means to sound more official and try to convince you to hand over your credit card information. Please notify jeanne.elipani@swe.org if you receive a call from an agency asking you to book rooms.

All WE16 hotels are located within about seven blocks of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Rates average $217-$299 per night and locations for each hotel, as well as the distance from the convention center, are indicated on the housing site.

Not sure if it’s a pirate? Here is the only official site to book your hotel. Better to be safe than be sorry. If you’re still unsure, don’t hesitate to email us. We’re happy to help!

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