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What should I do if I get scammed?
The complaints section of the Better Business Bureau can be an effective tool in bringing the company to the table. The BBB may actually try to arbitrate the case between you and the company you used. Whatever the outcome, at the end of the day, you have lodged your complaint for others to see, and much like posting on AlertMovingScam.com, others will be able to see your complaint, and depending on the state, how (and if) it was resolved. To file a complaint, you will need to find your mover on the BBB website, and find “File a Complaint Against *company name*” on the right hand side under the “Quick Links” menu.
What else can I do if I've been scammed?
In some states, the intra-state (in-state) moving industry is regulated by the Public Utilities Commission for that state, California being the best example. In this case, contacting the PUC can result in launching an investigation into your case which can result in getting local authorities involved, where needed. You can find out if your state’s PUC is involved in the state moving industry by contacting the Attorney general for that state.
Should I contact the police if I've been scammed?
What are the laws regarding moving fraud?
Moving Laws References
- Search FMCSA Regulations and Interpretations – 49 CFR Parts 300-399
- Search HM Regulations – 49 CFR Parts 100-177
- Search HM Regulations – 49 CFR Parts 178-180
While contacting your state representatives may not help you during the course of your move, getting involved in letting them know about your problem can have an effect on how laws are created, revamped and most importantly, executed. While many people out there would say that there aren’t enough laws in place to keep the fraudulent movers out of operation, we would tell you that the laws are in place, we just need more enforcement. At last count, the FMCSA has roughly 100 enforcement officers in the field handling about 2,000+ cases of fraud per year per state in an office whose primary focus is SAFETY, not fraud. Getting your state representatives involved can help motivate them to help improve funding and staffing for the FMCSA, giving them the people they need to crack down on fraud. Every voice counts.
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