Consumers Should be Aware of Moving Scams
May 12, 2021
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Penske rents thousands of trucks to movers across North America. While some movers take the do-it-yourself approach, others hire professionals to deliver their belongings safely and securely to their new homes.
While there are many reputable moving companies who are trustworthy and offer legitimate services, consumers need to be aware of moving scams that could affect their wallets and worldly goods.
Penske's corporate security team is aware of moving schemes, and they're working to prevent movers from being targeted by scammers.
"Last year I investigated a number of "moving companies" who were relentlessly victimizing innocent individuals and families," said Damond Kloc, Penske's security manager.
"It's disheartening, because this affects people in an intimate way. All of their belongings and valuables are gone, or they are swindled out of a large sum of money. Corporate security aggressively investigates these situations and endeavors to assist both law enforcement and victims of these scams to recover the victim's possessions," said Kloc.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMSCA) regulates moving companies and says there are ways to spot scams.
Research is an important tool you can use to protect yourself from moving scams. When selecting a prospective mover, be sure to thoroughly vet the company before agreeing to their services.
For more information about how to avoid moving fraud and consumer rights and responsibilities when moving, visit the FMCSA's Protect Your Move website.
By "Move Ahead" staff
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