Each year many people fall victim to moving frauds all around the world. It is already stressful to pack all the stuff yourself. So, one thinks to professionals and get the job done smoothly. However, the recent spurt of moving scams has made people think twice, before hiring packers and movers.
Here are some frauds and scams that unscrupulous companies try to pull on customers.
Scam -1: Holding your stuff hostage
The moving company with pack and load all the belongings into their vehicle, drive to the destination. However, before unloading they demand additional money. This can be totally avoided, if you can get the quotation and final bills in writing before hand.
Scam -2: The Shifty Scale
Many packing and moving company charge by volume and weight of the shipment. An unreliable company can quote a low upfront price based roughly on the approximate weight of belongings.
They scale all the belongings by themselves and report a heavier weight of belongings than the estimated weight. They then trick the customers into paying more price than the actual quoted one. They demand the difference in price to be made immediately. Ensure you have checked the weight yourself, never pay without checking the weight.
Scam – 3: The broken broker
There are many companies that provide quotes and finalize a cheaper quote over the phone or mail without even properly investigating the belongings personally. They demand a advance deposit too.
These brokering companies then outsource their customers to random unverified vendors, who don’t live up to the expectations of service.
Scam – 4: The lowball
The lowball is a method by which the moving company with sell items or their services at a lower price than the actual price and afterward the rates are increased to raise the profits. Many customers get scammed by this during the estimation and then face the consequences during moving day. This can be avoided by asking all the details in advance, and not budging once price is finalized.
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