10 February 2015
Category News & Updates
10 February 2015,

Hotel Poacher / Pirate Alert

Hotel Poacher / Pirate Alert

The NAA has been alerted that an unauthorized person or housing company (called hotel “poachers”) has contacted an exhibitor yesterday offering cheaper rates at the InterContinental Dallas Hotel, the NAA headquarter hotel for the 2015 International Auctioneers Conference and Show held in Addison, Texas. This practice, also known as “room pirating”, is a scam that all members/conference attendees should be aware of in order to avoid passing along personal and financial information.

Only YOU should book your room with the hotel directly by using the online reservation link or phone number provided by the NAA. Conference hotel reservation will officially open March 3, with instructions on how to book your reservation directly with the hotels.

Hotel poachers will claim to be an NAA “partner” or the “official housing company” and will sometimes ask that your room be paid in full, up front. A one-night deposit isn’t enough; they want it all and for every room you book.

What we do, and what you can do, to avoid hotel poachers

NAA negotiates contracts with hotels to include clauses to protect our attendees should issues arise with reservations. Rooms reserved outside of the NAA block do not have official contracts with the NAA; therefore, we are unable to help if any issues arise.

  • Be aware that the NAA is the only company that will ever contact you to make a hotel reservation, and it will only be a reminder with instructions on how to book your reservation directly with the hotel via online or a phone number.
  • Trust your instincts and the old adage: If it sounds too good to be true then it most likely is.
  • If you are ever unsure whether or not something is legitimate, first before providing your personal information, company information, or any financial information.

If you receive an un-requested call or email from any company other than the NAA, collect the person’s name, company, phone and email address and