FRAUDS AND EXTORTION SCHEMES TO LOOK OUT FOR WHILE MOVING
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Moving is not easy. The mover needs to protect themselves from fraudsters. People tend to assume the moving logistics will be followed to the letter. Sometimes the movers will demand more money. Sometimes the storage company will mishandle your goods or even fail to deliver your goods at the agreed time.
What are the most popular scams and extortion that moving companies use?
When most people want to relocate, they will run to the Internet. Sadly, most people are not aware of the real moving prices in the industry; therefore, they will choose a company with the lowest quote. In most cases, this is a risky move. The Internet scammers know that many people will fall for this bait.
Before settling for any moving company, conduct a thorough background research. If possible, talk to someone who has used their services before; it helps one make an informed decision.
After settling for particular movers, thanks to their “affordable’ prices, you may find you are paying more than the initial quote. It is a common extortion for companies that want to milk their clients dry without doing any work. For instance, the movers may demand the customer to pay more for loading and offloading services
Be wary of moving companies who ask for cash deposits before rendering their services. While some moving companies may be genuine, most extortionists will demand cash payments from their potential clients. Afterward, when the delivery fails to show up in time, they will give excuses. Worst case scenario is when they will stop picking your calls or reply to your emails.
The movers may decide to hold onto your personal belongings till you pay them the extra money. Sometimes, they will deliver broken and damaged goods. Sadly, some people end up losing their valuables when they refuse to pay the extra money. Unsafe handling of goods on purpose is another extortion scheme movers will use.
Some movers will willingly violate their customers and regulations of the moving industry. While is it compulsory for the movers to be licensed and insured, others will overlook such requirements. When tragedy strikes, the moving company is not a position to compensate their clients. Additionally, some moving companies may hire movers who are under- aged and underpaid. Other red flags to look out for include lack of a business website or a physical office.
The brokers in the moving and storage industry have their scams too. A potential client gets in touch with them, and they promise to deliver the best service to you. They ask for a deposit, and that is the last time you hear from them.
Most people consider the broker to be the moving company. The broker gives a low quote. On the day of moving, the client’s belongings are held hostage to the moving company demands for more money. The client thinks they have a good deal without realizing the quotation should come from the moving company.
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