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Don’t Get Scammed By Fake Movers

Don't Get Scammed By Fake Movers

Scammers, con artists, and rogue movers are on the hunt, looking to exploit consumers. Although these types of numbers are a small fraction of the millions of moves handled by professional movers each year, they still cause stress and grief to the victims of these crimes. People are often scammed on their deposits, left with lost or damaged possessions, thousands of dollars in extra fees, and hours of wasted time dealing with a moving nightmare.

Consumers can prevent falling victim to a scam by choosing an established mover to handle their moving needs. Ensure that the mover is fully licensed and insured and meets high safety and customer service standards.

The police are investigating many cases where scammers posing as moving companies on websites like Kijiji and Craigslist. The scammer must set up a fake local number with a prepaid cell phone or VOIP number. Then, they create the listing on free classified listing websites to lure in victims who are hunting for the cheapest price. People get scammed so easily because people don’t cross-check or verify the mover before giving the deposit.

  • Get some comparisons by getting at least three free estimates in writing or by email. Avoid abnormally high or low estimates when making your choice.
  • Select a moving company with a physical location close to you. Do a drive by and check them out at their facility. The mover should be happy to show you around the office and give you references on how good of a job that they can do. Look for their branded trucks and vans.
  • Ask the mover to come to your house for a quote. Show them everything that needs to be moved, from the attic to the basement. Don’t forget your stuff in your sheds, garages and storage areas.
  • Carefully read every document to make sure that the contract works for you. Ask for a copy of everything that you sign. Never sign a blank form.
  • We recommend never emailing the mover a deposit or payment information. Don’t provide your driver’s license, cheque, or credit card information. A professional mover will provide a secure way for you to pay.
  • Ask tons of questions if you don’t understand something. Ensure that your mover has your cell phone number to reach you.


Morrison Moving is a five-star Hamilton moving company with over 30 years of experience helping families move in the Hamilton and Niagara regions. We are fully insured and have the best overall customer service and support. Our moving crew has the skills to make your move stress-free. We recommend you call us today for first class customer service and support.


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