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Don’t Fall Prey to Housing Pirates

Aargh, beware of housing pirates. SWE has arranged discounted rates with room blocks in several hotels near the Austin Convention Center for WE17.

Published On: August 2017

Aargh, beware of housing pirates. If someone calls you from a housing agency to book your hotel room for WE17do not use this service. Get a discounted room rate through SWE’s room blocks.

WE17 is the world’s largest conference and career fair for women in engineering and technology. Join us in Austin, TX Oct. 26-28, 2017. To make sure your WE17 experience is both convenient and affordable, SWE has arranged discounted rates with room blocks in several hotels near the Austin Convention Center. If you like being at the center of WE17 action…act soon! Our best hotel rooms go quickly.

Book your WE17 hotel room through SWE today.

As with any big event, there are those trying to take advantage of travelers. So-called “housing pirates” may create official-looking websites and will call or email you directly. They pretend to be contacting you on behalf of 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 show up to claim your room.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and our official housing firm Experient will never make an unsolicited phone call to you. If someone calls you from a housing agency to book rooms for WE17, do not use this service. Be 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.

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