How to Avoid Scams
and Hire Safe Moving Help
Moving is stressful enough without the added
worry that your movers might wreck your stuff or, worse, try to put one over on you.
have listed a few suggestions on how to avoid these On-Line
Scammers, what to look for, and ways these guys are ripping off the
consumer. No matter who you decide to hire, we hope this information
assists you in choosing a reputable moving labor provider and helps you
to avoid a moving scam!
On-line Classified Ad
Places like Craigslist, Kijiji, Backpage.com............
This is a good place to find local
moving companies. however I suggest that you really do your homework
here. Especially with Craigslist,
many moving scam companies thrive with these forums.
Many advertise that they are professional movers but in reality they
are untrained guys and their only moving experience is loading some
friends junk into a pick-up in the middle of the night. (ask
questions;verify: suggestions below)
Several guys are advertising that they
are insured. Upon checking, I have found that most have no insurance
coverage and therefore are committing fraud! DO NOT HIRE THEM!
Legitimate companies provide protection for their customers through
an insurance carrier that issues them a certificate of insurance and
explanation of coverage for both them and there customers. ASK FOR A
This is the first place I would recommend you looking to find local
moving companies. Go to places like Google and type-in this phrase:
“Moving labor in (enter your city here)”. Example,
type in search bar: "moving
labor phoenix" This brings up a listing of your
local moving companies that have registered themselves with those
ONLINE REVIEWS BEWARE: So many companies
are simply having friends/others post great reviews. Just
because a company has great reviews doesn't mean there real.
Sometimes negative reviews are posted by competitors/others and
are not always accurate either. DO NOT COUNT ON REVIEWS ALONE TO
MAKE A DESICION.
AVOID BEING SCAMMED!
ASKING JUST A FEW QUESTIONS, THEN VERIFYING THE INFORMATION, CAN
HELP YOU FROM BECOMING THE NEXT VICTIM OF A SCAM!
- Are they Licensed or at least have a Business Trade-Named?
Have them email you a copy or check for yourself. The
Arizona Secretary of State offers an online registered name
It will also give you there address. You may find they
do not even exist!
- Are they Insured? Any reputable moving
company carries insurance-ASK FOR A COPY TO BE EMAILED TO YOU!!!
Ask for a copy of there insurance certificate with there
coverage's attached. Any reputable moving company would be more
than happy to do so! Don't just take there word for it.
Most companies out there claiming to be insured are NOT! If they
cannot produce any documents they are not telling the truth!
- Do they have a website, Professional Email Address or/or
Blog? (Any reputable company has a
website these days) An example:
www.abcmovers.com with a business email of
email@example.com shows credibility over a guy giving
you an email address of
firstname.lastname@example.org with no website, be leery!!!
- When you call them, do they answer with their company name?
or just hello, moving help, or something other than there
business name. Many of these scammers change there names
frequently and own no such business as they advertised. Any reputable company
answers the phone by there Business Name.
- Do they have low ball prices? If it sounds
to good to be true, your most likely hiring day labor or a
couple of guys looking to make some side money, not professional
movers!! Good service traditionally isn't the cheapest and the
cheapest service usually isn't good! Legitimate companies that
provide protection for their customers incur substantial costs
to provide insurance coverage, trained professional movers and
professional equipment. It stands to reason that their rates are
a little higher.
- Ask that they email you a copy of there phone quote.
Don't be caught of guard on moving day. I see this
complaint constantly from consumers that have no recourse
because they did not get it in writing! One of the number one
complaints from consumers-additional-hidden fee's like stair
fee's, fuel charges and travel fee's, not explained until
the day of there move, forcing you to pay more than you
- Ask them what forms of payments they take.
If someone tells you they only accept cash, run for the border.
Any reputable business takes credit cards or uses a credit card
processing company such as PayPal.
We hope this information helps protect
consumers like you and others from being scammed. If you or someone
you know has been scammed, please report it!