Relocating to a new home can be a stressful yet exciting prospect. With all the time and money you’ve invested, it’s understandable that the last thing you want to happen to you is to get scammed by your moving company. But what if it does happen?
Here’s a step-by-step guide on what you can do if you’ve been scammed by your moving company.
Contact Local Law Enforcement
Once your moving company commits theft or fraud, this is a crime that can be prosecuted. Before that, however, you have to make a police report. Depending on the specifics, the local police can arrest them for theft or something larger. Regardless, the record can help you pursue a lawsuit should it ever come to that point.
Register the Scam on the BBB and FMCSA’s Websites
The next thing you can do is report the incident to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Their websites have built-in centers for you to report any scam or moving fraud. This way, you can spread the word and prevent the same thing from happening to other individuals who are looking for a moving company.
Report Your Scam to the Local Media
While they can’t provide any legal action, one should never underestimate the power of the local media. They can help expose this issue further and can even influence the police to move quicker or be an investigative force. You never know, maybe they can even help you locate the movers who scammed you.
Finally, learn from your mistakes. While hiring the company that offers a deal that can cost you less is tempting, you can end up losing everything all over again. Do your research, and know how to spot the red flags to avoid another scam. Don’t be afraid to ask your movers any questions so you can have the utmost confidence in them.
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