I'm a wise now, but I learned the hard way...
I googled 'best moving company' — a window with companies popped up and I filled the basic information: state to state, my first name, phone number and email.
Harmless, right? Well, my phone started ringing...
I had several very savvy sales people (funny, professional, ex-military, different accents) getting me to give them my inventory and emailing me quotes.
The quotes were very similar. They each had websites, reviews, license number, different physical addresses... I didn't have my moving date finalized, so I kept postponing.
1/same style of invoice, giving you quotes based on description only
2/slight difference in name 'Silver Star' versus 'Silver StarS' between website and addresses.
3/all asking for deposit (wire, electronic check)
4/if you look at their websites, some of it is google English
I'm sure they have many more, but here are the ones I have dealt with.
INTERNATIONAL RELOCATION SOLUTION
SILVER STAR MOVERS
FEDERAL RELOCATION SERVICES
I called BBB to check, couldn't find any of the licenses. I decided to give one of them a small deposit ($250) to have a proof; they charged $1,043.00 as an electronic withdraw. I called my bank immediately NOT to process the payment, but to give me the paper trace to have the company's name.
In the meantime — I emailed, called, wanting to cancel my move, asking for a refund. Magically these people disappeared.
It only cost me $30, closing my account and wasted time, but it could have been thousands and waiting on a moving day for a truck to show up. I'm working with several agencies to prevent these individuals from scamming people, but please be AWARE of internet searches.
Use this forum to report moving scams, and disreputable moving companies
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