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Beware of 'Moving Company' Scams

Don't put all of your possessions in jeopardy to save a few dollars when you choose a moving company. It's best not to look for a deal.

Lately there have been a number of less than honorable people creating "businesses" that literally take you for a ride.

One of the latest scams has come from bogus moving companies. Well, maybe bogus is too strong a word because some really do offer to move you. However, there may be some unexpected fees.

These companies start out by giving you some very low prices by phone or on the Internet.

Once they pack up your stuff and have it on thier trucks, they may ask for additional money that was not agreed upon up front. They will hold your possessions hostage until you pay up.

Nationally or locally known moving companies are the best to use, but there are some red flag warnings to watch for with others.

Red Flag Warnings:

  • The movers do not give an on-site estimate.
  • When calling the company the person does not give a greeting from a business. The person answering the phone may just say "hello" or "Moving Company."
  • They do not put your estimate in writing.
  • The moving company demands a large cash deposit before the move.
  • The moving company's website does not have a local address and no information about licensing or insurance.
  • The office or warehouse is nonexisiting.

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John B Varghese July 14, 2011 at 08:40 PM
Thanks for the tips, Phyllis.
Troy July 20, 2011 at 02:19 PM
I would like to recommend Irish Express Movers. I have used them three times now and they always finish in less time than expected, which saves me money and gets them a big tip. I wouldn't use anybody but them. I've been scammed by other companies.
Phyllis McArthur July 20, 2011 at 06:24 PM
Yes, Zack, I've heard good things about them too.
Mark D July 22, 2011 at 01:37 AM
I've had some nightmare experiences with movers, in particular once where I was physically intimidated to pay a large "tip". In my opinion, the best way to pick a good mover is to ask for insurance. A mover with insurance has set up a formal company, has obtained a business license, has filed records with the state, has filed tax returns, and is probably not willing to sacrifice all of this to try and scam you out of a few extra dollars.
Phyllis McArthur July 22, 2011 at 01:58 AM
Yes, Mark, indeed, that is why, up front, you should ask for insurance and licence information. You should also check on the reviews, for the moving company.

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