Reasons Why People Fall For Moving Scams

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Reasons Why People Fall For Moving Scams

Reasons Why People Fall For Moving Scams

The number of moving scams is increasing every year in the US. Companies are ripping off thousands of dollars from unsuspecting individuals who are simply looking for a hassle-free moving service. Different people fall for these scams for different reasons. Let’s look at some of the reasons why smart people are easily fooled by these rogue companies in the name of offering moving services.

Cheap services

Nobody likes to spend more than they should on anything. If I told you that you can get the exact same moving service that you are paying for but at a cost that’s $100 cheaper, would you not want to hear more details? Rogue moving companies capitalize on this desire to save money by providing you with unreasonably low quotes to get you excited about saving money.

Once you are convinced that you will be getting a good moving service at their low rates, you will sign with them and set a date. On moving day, the company will surprise you with lots of extra charges that could easily make their quote the most expensive among the companies that you were considering.

The out-of-time mover

You need to report to your new workplace in less than a week and you have not packed, found a good school for your kids, or even sold the things that you won’t be taking with you. If you think that you are going to do all that in less than 7 days, be prepared to get ripped off.


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When you do things in a hurry, you will overlook some important details. A rogue moving company only needs to worry about getting your attention when you are in this state. Once they have done that, they will give you all their false promises, get you to agree to sign with them and since you are in a hurry, you won’t even have time to thoroughly scrutinize the contract’s fine print. At the end of the day you will get less than you paid for and have no recourse.

Lack of information

Sometimes individuals might have limited information about features of a good moving company or their rights and responsibilities during the move. If such individuals fall in the hands of a rogue moving company, they can easily end up falling for a scam because they have no idea what they should be looking for. Starting with a checklist like this one is a good place to begin.

Not comparing moving companies

Different moving companies offer different moving services. When you talk to two or three of them, you will get an idea of the services that are available, and a price range for the services. This way, if a company appears to deviate too much from the average, it will be easy to tell.

Everybody can fall for a moving scam. It’s important to stay alert during the entire moving process so that you can identify a good moving company that will not disappoint you come moving day.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

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

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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