The FMCSA has published a Moving Fraud Prevention Checklist. The checklist is available in several languages. We are posting the checklist in English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish. Additional languages are available from the ProtectYourMove.gov website. Household goods moving fraud is an issue that needs to be addressed and one of the best ways to combat household goods moving fraud is for the consumer to be aware of the options available when choosing a moving company. Some of these options include:
- Making sure the household goods moving company is licensed.
- Check the complaint history of the household goods moving company.
- Avoid hiring household goods moving companies that do not show their USDOT and MC license numbers on their advertisements (movers are required to disclose this information in their ads).
- Read “Your Rights and Responsibilities When Your Move” and “Ready to Move.” Both are available at www.protectyourmove.gov.
- Receive a written estimate.
- Do not sign incomplete or blank household goods moving documents.
- Understand the liability options.
- Watch the mover load and unload your household goods and mark off any damages/missing items immediately on the inventory.
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