Looking for a less-expensive moving company, one man signed up with an online company that quoted about $1,850. When his stuff was loaded, the mover told him he had to pay more than $5,000, half of which had to be paid now and the other half before they unloaded.
Moving scams are a growing problem, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Here’s some advice on how NOT to be a victim:
1. Don’t book a company online without talking to someone in person.
2. Get written estimates from at least three different companies.
3. Check for the ProMover logo, indicating the company passed an annual check for felony convictions and improper advertising, and that it has a good Better Business Bureau rating.
4. Get references from customers.
5. Check online to see a company’s complaint history, its safety record and how it compares with companies nationally.
6. Get three quotes for your upcoming move.
There are thousands of people offering moving services to anyone who will hire them, according to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, and some are scammers. When you get a quote that’s far lower than that of other companies, the end price will never be a bargain.