This article is the first in a series of reports on tricks scam moving companies use to void binding agreements, and thereby overcharge the consumer.
The classic moving scam involves a low ball estimate, followed by a revision upwards, after the household goods are loaded on the moving truck. If the family won’t pay, the moving company will threaten to sell their belongings at auction, or simply hold them in storage.
Most consumers make an effort to study moving regulations, as they prepare for their move. The majority of these people learn enough to know the difference between a binding moving cost agreement and a non-binding agreement. But not everyone realizes that a binding agreement can be broken, by any type of written agreement made before the packing.
Also what few consumers realize, ahead of time, is that dishonest moving companies will be using every trick in the book, legal, borderline and illegal, to get the consumer to void the agreement so they can raise the price of the move, without fear of repercussions.
Here are the words of one victim, whose story was revealed on movingscam.com:
“Oh my god, here the scam is beginning, because the stuff already in the truck, and I could not refuse the service? the Binding Estimate of cost is guaranteed price and the estimate was visual inspection by V. which say container, package and unpackaged $3000, and now I got my bill for package $ 8385., I refused to sign the paper, and then they asked for $ 6000 cashier check or money order for deposit.” This individual was hampered by a poor command of English. He made a binding agreement, and doesn’t recall any way in which it was annulled before the packing. However, his poor command of English already makes him prime victim.
Even if he did not in some way consent to annul the agreement before the packing, the company is not worried that he will have the skills to take them to civil court. Also, as he
noted, “his stuff was already in the truck, and he could not refuse the service.”
This is what the moving companies count on, people with a need to move, on time.
Also, because of his poor command of English, we can’t know exactly what this victim agreed to when he signed the original agreement. The company claims that the extra charge was due increased packing costs, on their part. But, in any case, this problem could have been avoided if the householder has chosen to use a packing service.
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