Avoiding mover fraud
MILWAUKEE - If you plan to hire a mover anytime soon, listen up. There are a few things that you should be doing to avoid falling victim to moving fraud.
What kinds of problems have people been having with movers?
There have been a number of complaints including overcharges, lost or damaged items, blank or vague contracts that get changed after signing, and even cases of peoples' belongings being held hostage by unscrupulous movers.
What can people do to protect themselves from running into some of these problems?
Before you hire a mover, do your homework.
• Check out websites like moving.org or protectyourmove.gov. They have some great information and tips on how to have a successful move.
• Get at least three written estimates from well known, reputable movers who have inspected the job on site, and be sure to ask about insuring your items with full coverage.
• Check out the reputation and recent complaint history of movers with state and federal consumer agencies.
• Do not sign a blank or vague contract or document.
If you run into trouble, where can you turn for help in resolving a moving complaint?
If you cannot reach resolution with the mover, contact state and federal consumer protection agencies, the Better Business Bureau, or our Call 4 Action office.
If you have an immediate issue or you suspect fraud, you might also want to contact local police.