Phishing and Pirate Scams

What is a "housing pirate"?

Commonly referred to as "housing pirates" or "housing bandits," these companies phone, fax, or email attendees and exhibitors and claim to offer good deals on hotel rooms. They may falsely claim to be affiliated with AACC.

AACC will never contact you about Annual Meeting hotels or housing. Unless you have initiated the communication, please do not provide anyone with your personal information, especially your credit card number. If you provide your credit card information to one of these companies, your card may be charged, and there is no guarantee you will have a room upon your arrival in Louisville.

What is phishing?

Since the return of in-person meetings, there has been an exponential increase in mailing list scams across the association industry

Remember, no matter how real these emails may look, they are ALL scams. NO ONE HAS OUR ATTENDEE LIST. Those lists are not shared; typically, what you get is something gleaned from a Google search, if relevant.

IMPORTANT: Check the sender's email address. If it is NOT from a name @aacc,, it is NOT from AACC. 

Pirates most likely scrape websites and/or social media and copy the organization's logo, hoping to trick you. 


Reporting fraud

If contacted by someone asking if you need a room at AACC or representing themselves as the "AACC Housing Bureau," or as a representative that can sell our attendee list to you please:

Get as much information as you can, such as the name of the company, the name of the person calling, the company address, email address, and their telephone number. The more information you can collect, the better for us to stop them from contacting others. Please request information such as hotel availability and rates or have them send this information to you via email.

Contact, with all the details you can provide.

As we are made aware of pirates we will post their information on this page.


Known Pirates List

Esme Clark,
Angela Gibian, Business Development,
Sara James, Marketing Executive,
Stella Kessler, Marketing Executive,
Emma Pearson, Manager, Event Communications and Planning,
Nadine Rivera, Attendee List Consultant, 
Abigail Sullivan, Business Analyst, 
Jolene Torres,
Frank Wilson, Optima Global Solution, 

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