What Is A Moving Scam
With the changing times, there have been many new things coming up which are beneficial to us. Sadly, this emerging space has made it easier for fraud to thrive and the moving industry is one of those that has been affected. While there are many good moving companies that offer good moving services, there are others whose sole purpose is to take advantage of you. These are the companies behind most of the moving scams we see today.
Let’s take a look at some of the common moving scams you need to look out for to ensure that you are protected.
Unexpected price increases
You find a moving company, discuss all the details about your move, and you agree on the price. To ensure that you don’t go out looking for other companies, the moving company gives you a very low estimate.
You won’t want to spend more when you can get the same services for less so you will accept the offer and proceed with the move. They will pick up your belongings and everything will look perfect. That’s until you arrive at your new home.
Your “perfect” moving company will inform you that you owe them more money and give you all manner of hidden fees and other extra charges for a number of “special” circumstances.
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Holding your goods
It’s normal for customers to protest when they are asked to pay more than what was agreed, which is when the rogue moving company will play their next card: Hold your goods hostage. They will usually tell you about the new final price before they offload the trucks. If you say that you are not paying more, they will threaten to hold your belongings until you pay them. Others might give you a reasonable quote, make you believe they are giving reasonable moving services, only to hold your goods and ask for more money upon arrival.
Unregistered moving companies
Many moving companies are operating illegally. They are just individuals who set up fancy looking websites to attract customers and once customers pay their deposit, they will then hire moving trucks and come to move you. In case the mover gets caught in the middle, you could suffer inconveniences when your goods are held as evidence.
This is where the moving companies will try to attract you by offering a blanket insurance policy covering all your goods. This is one of the worst scams because if you are a victim, you will usually know about it when it is too late after your goods are damaged and you find out that you don’t have as much cover as you thought.
In the unfortunate event that you find yourself a victim of one of these scams, be sure to file a complaint with the DOT to ensure that the necessary punitive measures are taken. However, prevention is better than cure so make sure that you do your research to ensure that you are only getting moving services from a reputable company.
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