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Can you recommend a good moving company?
The number one question we receive is if we can recommend a good moving company. There are may sites that already do this, we only provide unbiased information for costumers of the moving industry.

If the answer to that question was easy, then there wouldn’t be a reason for maintaining a web site called AlertMovingScam.com

What should I do if I get scammed?
The FMCSA is the government agency that enforces the regulations within the household goods industry.  While they have a very limited resources to follow up on many complaints each year, it is still good to get your complaint registered, as increasing numbers of complaints against a company may garner attention from the FMCSA to act on a specific carrier.  You can file your complaint at the FMCSA’s consumer website.

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?
Depending on the state in which you live, the household goods industry may have a statewide trade organization, or State Association.  Reputable moving companies and their trade organizations have a valid interest in cracking down on “bad apples” because fraudulent moving companies make the entire industry look bad and drive business away from legitimate professional full-service movers.  In Illinois, for example, the Illinois Movers’ and Warehousemen’s Association often works with the Illinois Commerce Commission Police in their investigations of unlicensed bandits and to assist consumers in retrieving their belongings.  Ideally, you would want to contact your state association prior to your move to find out who the reputable movers in your area are, but they may also be able to assist you if you are in the middle of a fraudulent move within your state.

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?
There was a time when the local police couldn’t, or wouldn’t be able to help you during a moving scam.  Strictly speaking, since your move involves a contract between you and your moving company (the Bill of Lading), it is a civil matter, not a criminal matter and as such, the police can’t get involved.  However, if you find yourself in a hostage load situation, where the moving company is holding your goods for an inflated price, you can file a police report for stolen goods.  While the police may still not get involved, filing a stolen goods report is required for insurance purposes and may help you if your case becomes a lawsuit.
What are the laws regarding moving fraud?
Regulations issued by FMCSA are published in the Federal Register and compiled in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Copies of appropriate volumes of the CFR in book format may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, or examined at many libraries. The CFR may also be viewed online.

Moving Laws References

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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All logos, copyrights and trademarks are sanctioned Fair Use under Nominative Use to reference the reviewed companies to avoid confusion.

We will not remove company names/logos due to alleged trademark or copyright infringement, these are only used to reference the offending company and avoid consumer confusion as per federal regulations and trademark/ copyright laws.

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Further information about this site.
We are an advocate for the consumer, and as such have drawn criticism from certain quarters within the moving industry. On a daily basis, we assist consumers in finding an appropriate solution to their particular situation, both in finding a mover who can safely guide consumers through the moving process and in guiding consumers in trouble to the government and independent agencies who may be able to help resolve problems. Our site is staffed with volunteers who willingly give up endless hours in pursuit of this goal. They answer questions about moving regulations, customs and quotes, in an attempt to educate the consumer and help them make informed decisions about their move. Volunteers consist of former consumers as well as active professional and retired movers.
How does a company end up on this site?
Screening includes reviewing information on the web sites of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the BBB, various state associations, independent web sites across the web, word of mouth, and in some cases on-site surveys. Movers will not make this list until we are absolutely sure they have broken the law and/or violated their own terms of service and/or policies.
Are the endorsed Yelp reviews real?
Yes, our endorsed reviews as evidences are primarily obtained directly from consumers who have utilized the services of the referenced fraudulent companies and have real, registered Yelp accounts.
More Info About Fraud
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
The FMCSA is the government agency that enforces the regulations within the household goods industry.  While they have a very limited resources to follow up on many complaints each year, it is still good to get your complaint registered, as increasing numbers of complaints against a company may garner attention from the FMCSA to act on a specific carrier.  You can file your complaint at the FMCSA’s consumer website.
Better Business Bureau
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 review sites, 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.
States Attorney General
In order to do this, you will want to file with the States Attorney in both the state you left, and the state you currently reside.  If you used a broker, you will want to file a complaint against both the broker, and the company that moved your items.
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