Otakon attendees are being alerted to what is being described as a “pirate housing website” in a release by Otakorp, the parent company of the convention. The fake housing website was set up as “otakon2017.org.”
“This website was in no way associated with Otakon, Otakorp Inc., or Experient – our exclusive and official housing provider. We have taken all efforts to shut down the site as soon as we found out, but we cannot determine if any reservations were taken, if reservations through this site will be honored, or what may have happened to any information they may have gathered,” John Nadzam, Otakorp’s Hotel and Venue Manager, said in the release.
Attendees who have doubts about their reservation’s validity should contact Experient, either by calling (800) 967-8852 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are very sorry this has happened, but we are glad we caught it. Our members are important to us, because we are also fans, volunteers, cosplayers, artists, and dreamers,” Nadzam said. “Our mantra from day one has been ‘by fans for fans’ and we mean it.”