Term Moving Company Scam Reporting
Code FN-1700.1470-530
Definition Programs that provide a hotline, website or other mechanisms that people can use to report scams involving rogue companies that offer discounted pricing to move household items and then steal the items, or hold them hostage and demand additional funds to deliver them to the new location. Signs that there may be a problem include movers that don't require an on-site inspection and provide an estimate sight unseen, an estimate that is "too good to be true" or is non-binding, a large up front cash deposit or demand for full payment up front, lack of a local address, can't (or won't) provide information about licensing and insurance, a history of company name changes, inability (or refusal) to provide references and lack of a way to contact the movers during transit.
Created 10/23/18
Changed 11/4/21
Use References Moving Company Fraud Reporting
Moving Fraud Reporting
Moving Scam Reporting
See Also References Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (FL-1515)
Moving Assistance Volunteer Opportunities (PX-8500.5000)
Moving Company Complaints (DD-1500.6150)
Moving Expense Assistance (BH-3800.5150)
Moving Services (BH-5000)
External Classification Terms Citizen Crime Reporting (NPC I02.02)
Criminal Law Enforcement (UW
Law Enforcement (NTE I60)
Legal, Consumer and Public Safety Services (USA LE-450)
Legal/Public Safety (CAN LP-450)
Related Concepts Cybercrime
Facet Service
Bibliographic References "12 Red Flags to Watch Out for When Hiring a Moving Company", moving.com website, https://www.moving.com/tips/12-red-flags-to-watch-out-for-when-hiring-a-moving-company/

"The Top 10 Moving Scams", moving.com website, https://www.moving.com/tips/top-10-moving-scams/

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