Posted in Our Blog on December 19, 2013
Earlier this week, news broke of the owner of a moving company in Mandeville, Louisiana pleading guilty to extortion and unauthorized use of a vehicle in attempting to deceive a customer out of her money. The practice-which, unfortunately, is actually quite common to unsuspecting customers in the moving industry-involves the moving company agreeing to a fee from the customer for moving the customer’s belongings; once the belongings are loaded onto the moving truck, the movers explain that they will be charging a higher fee, and will not release the belongings to the customer unless the customer agrees to the higher fee.
While the offenders in this particular case pleaded guilty, their sentences were suspended, and the offenders are back at work for the Mr. Move company. Needless to say, this company should be avoided. And, if you are planning on moving, be sure to do your due diligence before hiring a moving company-get quotes from multiple companies, read online reviews on sites like Yelp or Angie’s List, and talk to people you know who have moved to get recommendations. What’s more, if you suspect your movers are engaged in shady or illegal behavior, it’s best to simply involve the police immediately.