The day has come for your big move. All your belongings are packed in the truck. Your heart is filled with hope for the new stage in your life, and you’re proud of yourself for getting such a low rate from the moves. But when you get to your new abode, problems arise. The movers are demanding several times what the agreed upon price was, otherwise they’re driving off with your stuff. You just got scammed. How could you have protected yourself from this situation?
* Number one, watch out for unrealistically low-ball bids that are far below market rate. That’s the most common classic tactic used by scammers to lure people in.
* Along these lines, beware of movers that require large up-front deposits.
* Double-check the mover’s name and make sure they’re not listed on movingscam.com or movingsham.com. These sites also have lists of recommended movers.
* Watch out if when you call the number they answer by saying something generic, like “Movers,” instead of using the company name.
* For interstate moves, check the mover’s D.O.T. number here and make sure the information matches.
* Interstate movers are required by Federal law to give you a copy of “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move.” If they don’t, that’s a red flag.
* Check out the mover’s BBB record.
* Get at least 3 estimates in writing first before picking a mover.
If the price for the move jumps after your goods are on the truck – another trick they will use is to claim a vastly over-inflated weight – know that the law forbids them from charging over 10% over their quoted price. If you guys can’t work things out and you’re think they’re being underhanded with you, call your local Weights and Measures Department.
Choosing a Reputable Mover [ProtectYourMove.gov]