tldr: please look up any moving carriers before giving them any money.
There seem to be quite a few posts regarding common scams that moving company pull. Unfortunately today we were also a victim of this.
Given a quote over the phone, only to have it jacked up 5x onsite. We decided to send them away, and try to recoup the $2000 deposit with the broker directly. Of course the broker only took debit cards as a form of payment (should of been the first red flag).
The silver lining for us was finding this website: [https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/](https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/), which oversees carrier operations. Although they can’t do much to help victims, they maintain a very helfpul database of any complaints made here: [http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/hhg/Search.asp?ads=](http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/hhg/Search.asp?ads=).
Unfortunately the carrier we chose had 79 compalints….JUST IN 2021 SO FAR! I guess it is also very common for carriers to pay people to write 5 star reviews on sites like Yelp and Google, so they should not be trusted.
The FMCSA also lists out some red flags to look out for with common moving company scams here: [https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/protect-your-move/red-flags](https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/protect-your-move/red-flags). Of course in our case the moving company checked a decent half of those boxes.
Anyways, long story short please check [here](http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/hhg/Search.asp?ads=) before doing any business with moving carriers. Hopefully someone can prevent being victim to moving scams from our experience and what we learned the hard way!
The content was posted by pyr0b0y1881 on 2021-11-10 01:39:31 via reddit