Moving scams are a bigger problem than you may think. Since January of 2020, over 660 moving scams have been reported to the Better Business Bureau in the United States alone, and customer reviews everywhere are chock-full of horror stories about last-minute price hikes, lost deposits, and “movers” that take household goods hostage for more money.
We reached out to 600 people who moved in the last two years and asked about their experiences. Roughly 40% of them said they got scammed by their movers, and we found several common business practices among the scammers to watch out for.
Scammers often vanish without a trace before they can be held accountable, so there isn’t a comprehensive list of companies to avoid. But keep reading to learn about the red flags of a moving scam and get some advice for finding a reputable moving company near you.