Last week I read in a FB group about a family that had their moving truck, with all their possessions on it, never show up at their new house. All their possessions were stolen. Just like in a fire – gone. I was shocked. I had never heard of that.
At the Expo, I met two people from the Federal Motor Career Safety Administration who told me that this happens with some regularity! So much so that there is a government organization to help people deal with this problem. How have I never heard about this organization? They call it moving fraud. Wow! I guess here is another thing we need to warn our clients to beware of.
This organization provides a database of movers, specifically those who do interstate moving across state lines, that are vetted and reputable. I suggest we all add this website and database to our list of reference websites for our buyers and sellers. People often look for an “affordable” option when moving. Too “affordable” could be a red flag. They told me about the concept of hostage moving, where movers would charge a ridiculously low fee and then charge them 10 times that amount to get their furniture and possessions off the trucks. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Please share this possibility with your clients and let them know about this website before moving interstate, and local movers should be vetted and have verifiable references. You can get more information for yourself and to share with clients at www.ProtectYourMove.gov. Featured in the photo with me is Emily Anderson and I did not get the gentleman’s name – so sorry about that. Other Websites are www.FMCSA.dot.gov and on Facebook/FMCSA.