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What Is A Moving Scam

Published by Joe Webster.

What's in this article?
  1. Moving Scam
  2. The Bait & Switch Unexpected Price Increases
  3. Requesting A Large Up Front Deposit
  4. Moving Companies That Aren’t Registered Or Licensed
  5. Resources To Avoid Moving Scams
Unexpected Price Increases

Moving Scam

The unfortunate reality about moving companies is that there are a handful of them that do not act in good faith (or legally), giving the industry as a whole a bad name. All too often you hear stories of movers that are guilty of moving scams or fraud, costing their customers extended delays and unexpected costs, some of them even going so far as to offer services they know they cannot provide, or don’t intend to. On this page, you’ll learn about the most common moving scams and some steps you can take to avoid falling prey to these deceptive practices.

The Bait & Switch: Unexpected Price Increases

One of the most common moving scams is the bait and switch and it works like this: a moving company agrees to move your household goods for a certain price, but then once they’re in possession of your personal belongings, they raise the cost of your shipment and refuse to deliver until you meet the new higher price. In many cases, they will cite unexpected transport costs, higher than expected fuel prices, or other excuses to delay the process until you meet the new, higher cost. The bait and switch typically starts with an unreasonably low cost estimate for moving services; one that the company know they cannot reasonably meet.

The bait and switch is one reason that’s important to work with established movers with a proven track record. You’re much more likely to be taken by this particular scam if a company has been in business only a short time. It can be helpful to seek multiple quotes from moving companies so that you have a baseline cost expectation and you can easily sniff out any company offering an estimate well below the others. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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Another common moving scam is tied to the deposit

Requesting A Large Up Front Deposit

Another common moving scam is tied to the deposit. While it’s normal for a company to request a small deposit once you have agreed to use their services, the amount should represent only a minimal portion of the entire cost. If you find yourself dealing with a mover that wants half or more of the total cost up front, that is huge red flag that you should seek another option.

Moving Companies That Aren’t Registered Or Licensed

Believe it or not, there are several “moving companies” out there that are not operating legally. Either they do not have the proper licensing and operating authority to provide the services they claim, or worse, they may be nothing more than a website set up to try to take advantage of people. Some of these operations don’t even have any moving equipment, offices, or facilities—it’s just a website trying to win the bid and get some money out of you. One of the best resources to help ward of these type of scams is the FMCSA company lookup feature.

Resources To Avoid Moving Scams

Protect Your Move - The Protect Your Move page on the FMCSA website has more information about how to avoid moving scams, directly from the governing body that oversees the industry.

Moving Company Red Flags - Another article from our website that deals what to look for (and avoid) when you’re searching for a licensed moving company.

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Joe Webster always knew the auto transport industry would be a great career option. And with decades of experience, Joe is now an established consultant for A1 Auto Transport.

Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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