FBI warns Illinois, 9 other states of moving company scam – WGN-TV

The FBI charged 12 people with conspiring in a racketeering enterprise “to defraud individuals through their moving companies located throughout the United States, including in Florida, Ohio, Maryland, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, California, Connecticut, Colorado and Missouri.”

Read more: https://wgntv.com/2018/08/02/fbi-warns-illinois-9-other-states-of-moving-company-scam/

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Top 3 signs to look out for when selecting movers:

  • Answers its phone only with “Movers” or “Moving company” instead of proudly greeting its customers with its actual name. The lack of a landline phone number could also be a warning sign that something is not right.
  • Refuses to perform an in-house visual estimation of the household items you have for moving but gives you only a price estimate over the phone.
  • Gives you an unusually low estimate of the moving costs compared to the other moving estimates you have received. This is one of the most typical moving scams out there – scammers try to lure you in with this obvious trick and then do their best to rip you off in the end.

How do you avoid moving day scams?

The number one way to avoid moving day scams is to hire a moving coordinator with knowledge of the industry and proven credentials. Moving coordinators have a thorough knowledge of the industry and can help you:

  • Find the best movers for the job with proven credentials
  • Help with packing and staging for the big day
  • Take inventory of what is to go and what is to be sold
  • Give proper estimates for the job to be performed
  • Set up travel and transportation when moving long distance

Hiring a Moving Coordinator can be very beneficial when you are new to hiring movers and are not quite sure of the right questions to ask.

Schedule an In-Home Consultation with Ken the Mover and get “Moving Forward” to your new adventure!

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