Hello world! Welcome to Mover Scams where we provide information on moving scams and rogue moving companies online. Learn what tricks you need to protect yourself from mover scams and how to be safe from scam moving companies. Avoid being the next victim of a disreputable mover by learning the tricks of these fraudulent companies and educating yourself on the smart way to choose a reputable mover in your area.
Scam movers love to low ball your moving cost estimates and trap you with the cheapest price for moving services. Be careful if the deal sounds to good to be true it most likely is. How do you pick the right mover, especially when the industry is known for discreditable companies looking to scam their next customer?
Most of the moving company scams can be found on the web. They have a convenient few clicks method of getting the estimated price on their web site and with their low bids lock you up. Many of these web site moving companies don’t even have an office or claim to have one far far away.
There are many versions to the moving scam but the basic scam takes place as follows. A prospective client contacts a moving company and requests a cost estimate. In today’s market this often happens online via moving directories or brokers, or phone calls. These moving brokers are salesmen prone to quoting sometimes low, but usually reasonable prices with no room for the movers to provide a quality service.
Once the rogue “moving company” has secured a move by providing a non-binding estimate, they arrive to pack and deliver the goods. Often the scam movers use deceptive pricing or weight measurements including prices based on the gross weight of the moving vehicle. After packing and loading, the client is informed that their goods went over the expected weight estimate and the additional weight will be charged at a substantially higher rate (often double the original price per pound).
Rogue movers will not inform a client of these discrepancies until the client’s goods have been weighed at a certifiable scale, far from the clients original pickup location. The new price may be four or five times higher than the original estimate. The scam movers know that most people will be forced to pay these exorbitant rates based on their need for the personal effects.