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Protecting Yourself from Moving Fraud 

Unfortunately, there are a lot of moving scams out there.  Moving Industry insiders refer to such companies as rogue movers and they are often out to get their grubby hands on your hard-earned money.  And if you’re wondering how to protect yourself from moving fraud, you’ve got to understand exactly what might happen.

A rogue mover will typically give you a low-ball estimate without ever having seen your home or the items you want moved.  In most cases, the moving estimate will be given without anyone offering to come see your home and furnishings.  You should always make sure that the moving company actually comes out to your house and gives you a written estimate.

Rogue movers will demand more money once your belongings are packed up on their truck.  Often, they will refuse to deliver your stuff or even unload the truck until you pay up, which is completely unethical and could be illegal.  Basically, they hold your stuff hostage until you fork over more money.

Here are some red flags to keep in mind when dealing with moving companies.  If you notice anything off about the moving company, chances are it isn’t worth it.  Here’s what we’ve come up with:

  • If there is no on-site inspection, chances are the quote is too good to be true.
  • The moving company asks for a huge deposit before the move.  Anything greater than 25% is out of the question.
  • The company does not provide you with a booklet entitled “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move.” 
  • There is no website or local address.
  • There is no licensing information.

Written by Jon Huser of Bekins A-1 Movers, Inc.

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