Moving Scams, Check Out the Movers and the Moving Subcontractors.
It was a sadly typical thread on an anti-moving scam forum. A woman was telling the story of how her move went bad. It was now day 34 into the move and despite an optimistic prediction that the delivery time was expected to fall in a range of 7-10 days, her goods were still in Boston, and she was down in Texas waiting for them. A participant responded. “You should be happy considering my case… MY move has gone to 43 freaking days. Even now I don’t have a clue. They gave me 2 weeks back as the delivery date…then they said last week…. Now they say this week is the delivery date…”
The discussion continued, and one participant told them both what to do. They needed to contact Move Rescue.
Move Rescue is an organization founded in 2003 by a nationwide network of attorneys knowledgeable in transportation law and litigation involving moving scams. Move rescue specifically targets people like these victims; people who are in the middle of a moving scam, or a moving hostage crisis, in which the movers originally gave a low moving cost estimate, then raised the price when the goods were loaded in his truck, and now he’s holding the customer’s belongings hostage until they pay the trumped up fee.
When people suddenly find themselves trapped in a moving scam, they feel totally helpless. First of all they had grown up believing they could trust movers. Secondly once the scam began, the victims soon discovered that due to technicalities in the law, the FBI, the BBB and even the local police could do nothing about it. Every branch of the law has the same advice, this is a civil matter and you have to pay the money to get your goods back and then you can go to court. But the civil and consumer regulations are complex and getting more complex all the time. An average consumer, who may move 2 or 3 times in his lifetime, can’t be expected to know all the regulations. And that’s where move rescue comes into play. Move rescue has a toll free number and is staffed by people knowledgeable in moving fraud, and by attorneys.
The move rescue phone staff has dealt with many moving scam situations, and they are also knowledgeable about the consumer regulations which govern moves. They know all about the legal alternatives available to a victim, and they can give direct advice over the telephone, and they can subsequently refer victims to an attorney in their area. The victim will have to pay his own attorney fees. Move Rescue is affiliated with two major Van Lines, and occasionally they have been able to help negotiate a load hostage release. The victim must be willing to be present at the storage facility, and in such cases Move rescue will provide a moving van to pick up the goods and deliver them at a reduced cost.
The caveat to using Move Rescue is you will have to pay attorney fees and possibly additional moving costs, if you are able to spring your goods from a hostage storage location.
The best way to protect yourself from being caught in a moving scam is to take steps right from the start of your move. An ideal way to insure a safe move is to hire an honest packing company with a flat rate quote. Then have them load your goods into locked shipping containers or Pods Container, for which only you hold the key. Packing Service, Inc. is an honest packing company that is dedicated to protecting consumers from moving scams. They will not only pack and load your goods expertly; they will also help you find an honest shipping company to transport your belongings to the new location.