Moving Tips: How to Avoid Being Scammed

Gloria Heck
Published on October 5, 2021

If you are considering moving, finding a moving company is an important part of the process. There are so many moving company options and some have very slick operators in the moving space.  Some of these operators are actually moving brokers or middle men that will not actually be moving you and are actually scammers. It happened to me many years ago working with a company that offered to move me for a price and then actually held up my personal items for hostage until I paid them more money. So here are some tips to avoid moving scammers.

Tip #1. Always work with someone who is recommended personally.

I have some recommendations in the comments of the video of companies that I’ve used and have recommended through the years for local moving jobs.

Tip #2. If you don’t have a good recommendation for a moving company, make sure whoever you are using is a registered company. 

If a moving company does not have legal documents to show their registration with the government or the right authority, then you are probably working with illegal movers Always ask if the company is legitimate to avoid scams.

Tip #3. Inaccurate pricing that isn’t based upon what you are actually moving.

Some will ask you what do you have to move without actually visiting or seeing what you’re moving, they’ll give you a lowball number and then when they actually are there to move the price. If a moving company has not done an in home estimation and weighed your and does not do evaluations and randomly prices your items, it might be a scam.

Tip #4. Moving companies that have no branding names and logos on their uniforms or vehicles. 

If these are absent, chances are this could be a scam company.

Moving company uniform and vehicle unlabeled.

Tip #5. Moving companies that ask for cash only payments.  

These fraud-moving companies usually do not accept credit cards. They demand cash, only payment terms. Cash-only, payment is a red flag because moving companies ought to have multiple payment options.

Moving companies’ different payment methods.

Tip #6. Asking for large down payments.

No moving company should demand a large amount of down payment from you. These illegal companies may demand large deposits only to disappear later.

Tip #7. Moving companies that hold your personal belongings hostage, like what happened to me.

They refused to move my things from the truck until I paid them more than was initially agreed upon.  Of course if you have to deal with this situation you already know you’re dealing with scammers and it’s too late. But you can alert the police or contact the Florida Attorney General’s Office by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or filing a complaint online at  Another step you can take is to sue the company if they are still in service. Take them to court so that they pay for fraud and reimburse you for any payments you’ve made.

Remember to trust your instincts and be wary of the red flags before making payments or agreeing to let a company move your things in order to avoid getting scammed by moving companies.

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