Moving scams are still occurring these days, and that is why we stress the importance of researching the moving company before you choose who you are moving with. This lady was smart enough to call the police, and stop this “rogue mover” before they got away with thousands of her dollars. The movers were posing as another moving company, and have been on the run now for several months scamming customer after customer.
There are some helpful clues as we have discussed on how you can figure out if your moving company is a “legit moving company”. Get a referral from friends and family, check the letter ratings with the Better Business Bureau, and view the number of complaints over the last 36 months (new movers under a year old, and movers who have recently changed their names are not listed). Check with your state’s moving association, or regulatory agency to verify required licensing and or registration. Cheapest is not always the best way to go, even if you are on a budget.
“RED FLAGS” To Watch Out For
- Be careful if the mover: will not come and give you an in home or onsite estimate.
- Be careful if the mover: requires large deposits or amounts of cash before the move has occurred.
- Be careful if the mover: only accepts cash as a form of payment.
- Be careful if the mover: tells you that all of your goods are fully covered under their insurance, automatically.
- Be careful if the mover: does not have a physical address, license #, and registration on their documents or website to verify who they are.
- Be careful if the: phone # they give you is disconnected, or they don’t answer by the name of the company they say they are representing.
- Be careful if the mover: will not provide you with a moving rules and regulations brochure.
As discussed, these scams are occurring every day, to read more on what happened to this lady, and how she helped put a stop to these criminals going any further, check out the article 3 Arrested in Alleged Moving Scam.