According to data shared during Protect Your Move campaign by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the number of people who fall victim of moving scams every year is terribly higher. Packing your worldly possessions is stressful. And when you realize that you have been looted by one of the scammers of moving industry, you will definitely feel more pain of all your troubles in the process.
Instead of getting afraid, you just need have basic awareness so that you would be able to prevent from being a victim.
Scam # 1: ‘Kidnapping’ of household items
It’s a common case that a mover starts traveling to destination after finalizing the deal and loading your items, but then refuses to unload the items, asking for more money to be paid. It happens across the country and in every state.
According to data shown by Protect Your Move, 1 in 10 moving events was found affected by this items’ kidnapping scam when the data of 36 million moving events was analyzed.
To avoid such mishaps, you can ask the company to give you written fee details for every process. Furthermore, you can choose to sit next to the truck’s driver. That is possible when you make your move a bit hybrid, i.e. doing some DIY work along with hiring full service.
Scam # 2: Wrong Scale
Interstate mover charge the fees after getting the entire luggage weighed. Sometimes, a company may give you an estimate of weight and resulted lower price due to less weight. But then, they might come up with a higher price after picking the items from your place and weighing them at their place. The best option here is to go along with the movers to the weighing unit and note the weight. This way, you can avoid this scam.
Scam # 3: The dishonest broker
Many fake moving companies work as brokers by quoting the price of cheap movers in the area. When you finalize deal with them, they would ask for the upfront payment and sell your move to the moving company. The thing that would be shocking for you is that the moving company may come up with different higher price that you weren’t expecting. Upon complaining, the company would say that they don’t know about the quotes you got from the broker. Upon calling broker, you might be told that your move is now a responsibility of the moving company and that the broker is now totally out of the deal.
The best way you can avoid this scenario is to reach to the legitimate moving companies instead of falling for the attractive and unrealistic offers that stranger make.
Scam # 4: Deliberately hidden charges
Some of the companies can offer the move by giving you an extremely low estimate. On the moving day, they may start charging you from several different aspects that you didn’t know about. For example, they may ask for the fee of protecting your delicate items and for fuel of the truck. They may even charge you brutally for the boxes while everyone knows that it isn’t difficult to get cheap moving boxes.
The best solution to this problem is to hire a professional and legitimate company, and always ask for the complete details involved in the move.