Better Business Bureau: New home? Look out for moving scams | Features/Entertainment

 Better Business Bureau: New home? Look out for moving scams | Features/Entertainment

May marks the beginning of summer and the busiest time for moving. Unfortunately, more people moving means more potential for scams. Always do your homework when hiring a moving company and be on the lookout for the following warning signs.

How moving scams work

Most moving scams take one of these three approaches:

  • Consumers receive a quote and pay a deposit. But the “movers” never show up.
  • The moving company provides a quote based on expected weight and, after loading the truck, they inform you that the load is over the expected weight and you must pay an additional fee. Most of the time, the fee is significantly more expensive, sometimes as much as double the original estimate.
  • The most disruptive and difficult to anticipate of all the moving scams begins with everything appearing to be going well. The…

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