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How To Spot Fraudulent Movers (Scams)

What's in this article?
  1. Spotting Fraudulent Movers (Scams)
  2. Large Cash Deposit
  3. No In-House Inspections
  4. Know Your Rights Booklet
  5. Inconsistent Branding
  6. Super Low Quotes
  7. No Us Dot Number
Spotting Fraudulent Movers

Spotting Fraudulent Movers (Scams)

Moving scams can make your otherwise well-planned move become your worst nightmare. To make sure that this doesn’t happen to you, there is a need to be extra careful when choosing the moving company to hire for your moving services.

Here are some red flags that will tell you that you are likely to be dealing with a fraudulent mover.

Large cash deposit

Fraudulent movers will want you to commit to working with them by paying a non-refundable large amount of cash up front. This means that even if you get cold feet along the way, you will still not be able to pull out because you will not want to lose the deposit.

No in-house inspections

A good moving company tries to make sure that they promise only what they can deliver so that they will meet your expectations. That is why they will be willing to take time and collect all the necessary information to make sure that they give an accurate quote. A fraudulent mover is looking for loopholes that they can take advantage of on moving day when you no longer have the time to go back to the drawing board.

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Moving Company Laws

Know your rights booklet

The law requires your moving company to provide you with a booklet that contains your rights and responsibilities when making an interstate move. If you are not provided with one, then it’s safe to conclude that they might be trying to take advantage of your lack of knowledge. Failure to provide this document is in itself an illegal practice that is in violation of your rights.

Inconsistent branding

Let’s assume you have seen a website belonging to a moving company known as ABC Movers. You get their address and on arrival, you find that their fleet is full of rental or unmarked moving trucks. Moving companies want people to know about their brand and will have their name and logo all over their trucks. Any company that tries to hide their identity is probably a rogue mover.

Super low quotes

If the deal is too good, it probably is so do your best to find out if you are dealing with a legit company. They are in business and want to make a profit so there is no reason why a company will give you a quote that is way below what others are giving for the same job. Unless of course they have figured out a way to get more money from you later and are waiting for the right moment to spring this information on you.

Registered To Offer Moving Services

No US DOT Number

This number can be used to check if the moving company is licensed and registered to offer moving services. A company that doesn’t have one is probably operating illegally and needs to be further investigated.

Rogue moving companies are always coming up with ways to unlawfully get money from you. Don’t forget to follow these steps when choosing a moving company to help you avoid falling for fraudulent ones.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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