SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Moving to another state can already be a stressful and expensive event. The last thing you would want is s to find out the moving company you hired is a scam.
KOLR10 reported on a moving company that held an Ozark man’s $80,000 worth of property ransom in a warehouse.
Christian County Sheriff Brad Cole said the victim had a contract with the moving company but the items were never delivered.
Instead, the company kept the victim’s property, asking for a larger sum of money than originally contracted.
While police were able to locate the man’s items along with items from at least 20 other victims, this story doesn’t always have a happy ending.
The Springfield Better Business Bureau suggested some ways to prevent getting scammed.
“Online reviews are super helpful. We also recommend you getting three different quotes from movers before you book a moving company,” explained Stephanie Garland, the regional director of the Better Business Bureau here in Springfield, “because if you’re only going with one maybe it’s not the best deal for you. And also looking at past experiences from customers that are legitimate is always a great thing.”
She said you can also look up if a moving company is licensed on the “Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.”