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The Movers.com Blog » Blog Archive » Rogue moving company caught in sting operation: report

Rogue moving company caught in sting operation: report

Rogue movers bustedPHOENIX - A Las Vegas-based moving company was caught in a sting operation after attempting to overcharge a family by more than $3,000, KPHO reported.

American Home Movers of Las Vegas demanded an additional $3,100 payment of a family moving from Illinois to Arizona before they would deliver their household belongings. The family had already paid out more than $3,000 to two different companies throughout the course of the move and American Home Movers was the third company.

The family reached out to the Better Business Bureau who referred them to the Arizona State Attorney General’s Office where investigators were notified and went to work.

JJ Stroh, an investigator with the Arizona Dept. of Weights and Measures (the agency that deals with moving company issues), told the family to agree to pay whatever they asked and that authorities would be there waiting for them when the truck arrived.

The movers arrived and unloaded the truck - but no money changed hands. The truck driver was cited with 14 violations related to the vehicle’s log, inspection and the driver’s hour overages, the article stated.

Last year, there were 125 criminal complaints related to moving fraud and Stroh added that nationally it is a “$3.5 billion enterprise.”

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When it comes to moving and choosing a moving company, we always suggest the following:

  • Gather estimates from at least three companies
  • Do a background check on the company
  • Read lots of reviews

Not only will these tips help you avoid falling prey to these rogue moving companies, but it will also ensure that you feel comfortable with them before handing over your belongings and watching them drive off into the sunset.

If you suspect your mover is a rogue moving company, reach out to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and/or AMSA, the American Moving and Storage Association.

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