2021 MRS Spring Meeting

Scam Alert

It has come to our attention that fraudulent entities are posing as the Materials Research Society or as representatives of the Materials Research Society. These groups are illegally collecting registration fees, offering discounted hotel rooms, and selling Meeting attendee lists and contact information.

Be aware that the only website for information about the Materials Research Society is mrs.org. The only website offering official information about the 2021 MRS Spring Meeting is https://www.mrs.org/meetings-events/spring-meetings-exhibits/2021-mrs-spring-meeting.

The following are examples of current attempts to scam MRS members and Meeting attendees.

Example of a scam website

Meeting Registration and Hotel Booking Sites

Emails are circulating that represent themselves as official MRS registration/housing bureaus, all in an illicit attempt to collect payment from our Meeting registrants. 

MRS does not use PayPal or any other online payment collection service.

In addition, unofficial housing bureaus, including CBS International Travel and Global Housing, have contacted exhibitors and potential attendees and/or created websites with fraudulent housing options.  These companies are not affiliated with any MRS Meeting.

Proper authorities have been informed of these activities and are working to resolve the issues. 

An example of a fake registration form.

MRS Meeting Attendee/Contact Lists

Unfortunately, unofficial marketing firms have contacted MRS members, potential MRS Meeting attendees and exhibitors about MRS mailing list rentals, including Spring and Fall Meeting registration lists.

MRS takes privacy issues very seriously and does not share information about its members, meeting attendees or exhibitors. These companies are not affiliated with MRS. 

Note that official contacts for, and information about, MRS mailing list rentals can be found only at mrs.org/mailing-lists.

Protect Yourself

MRS.org is a secure website, indicated by the lock symbol in the browser's address bar. Notice the differences between MRS.org and this fraudulent Meeting site:

This is an example of a secure URL:
This is an example of a secure URL.

This URL does not have a lock symbol, and therefore is not secure:
This is an example of a non-secure URL.

Never provide your credit card or other personal information to a website that is not secure.

All email communication from MRS includes the MRS logo and mailing address in the footer. Links in the footer, including those for “Unsubscribe” and “Terms & Conditions”, all link directly to mrs.org and online.mrs.org pages. All registration and hotel-related communication comes from @mrs.org addresses. We do not use other email services to send our email.

Emails originating from email addresses ending in @conferenceorganizers.org and @individualhousing.org, among others, are known to be fraudulent entities posing as MRS representatives.

An MRS Email Header

Example of MRS' email header

An MRS Email Footer

Example of a footer on an MRS email

Contact Us

If you believe you have been targeted by, or are a victim of, a fraudulent site or email posing as the Materials Research Society, please contact us.