Happy Valentine’s Day from CREF!

The heart may symbolize romantic affection, but its steady, rhythmic beat signifies life itself. That’s why, on this special day, we wish to thank all of you who keep the hearts beating of those we love, helping them live longer, healthier, and more satisfying lives. We you!

Registration Now Open

Conference registration is now open for the 38th Annual Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium. Enjoy early-bird rates through March 31. Register today!

The beautiful Westin Gaslamp San Diego also invites you to book your hotel reservation. Our discounted rate of $209 per night lasts through August 14, but inventory is limited, so reserve your room now for best selection.

Keynote Speakers Confirmed

Two outstanding keynote speakers have joined the faculty for our 2018 conference: Continue reading “Happy Valentine’s Day from CREF!”

How to Avoid 3 Common Hotel Scams

How to Avoid 3 Common Hotel Scams

CREF’s primary purpose is to provide quality education, and recently we’ve learned that sometimes that means offering practical tips on how to keep our attendees, speakers, and exhibitors safe from hotel scams and credit-card fraud involving increasingly savvy hotel pirates, poachers, and front-desk impersonators.

1. Hotel Pirates

Here’s how this scam works: A fictitious business recruits aggressive salespeople via social media, creates a professional-looking website, names the business something like “Exhibitors Housing Services” or “Convention Hotel Services,” and then actively reaches out to faculty, exhibiting companies, or even attendees listed on a conference website. They then contact those individuals and explain that they are working with the conference organizer to secure hotel rooms and that rooms must be booked immediately due to low inventory. They charge the attendees’ credit cards but do not reserve rooms. 

To avoid falling victim to hotel pirates, follow these simple tips:

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