August 8, 2022

Oxford Police Department warns about moving scam

Morgan Howard

Moving scam warning

The Oxford Police Department is warning residents of a moving scam. They gave several tips to help residents avoid being scammed.

  • Check with the Better Business Bureau ( to check if a company is reputable.
  • Always get a written estimate: Companies will deliberately low-ball their estimate to lure customers and then withhold customers’ goods unless they pay an amount significantly more than the quoted price. Especially if the estimate was done sight unseen.
  • Don’t trust Google and Facebook ratings alone. The companies will artificially inflate their ratings to attract business.
  • The moving company does not accept credit cards and requires payments to be made by either postal money orders, direct wire transfers, or cash.
  • On moving day, the truck driver or foreman will try to get you to sign blank documents. NEVER sign blank invoices.
  • If storage is needed after pick-up, the moving company will only provide a vague location as opposed to an exact address of the storage facility. They will lease a storage unit in their name and refuse to give the customer back their belongings until they pay an inflated fee or will steal your customer’s property. If needed, ALWAYS rent a storage unit in YOUR name.
  • The mover does not provide you with a copy of “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” from the FMCSA website.

Please be cautious of these types of scams.

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