If you’re moving, be sure to check out movingscam.com before you hire someone. There’s a terrible scam where the bill of lading is doubled after your stuff is loaded on the truck. Then, unless you hand over the cash, they’ll store your stuff on the truck, and you’ll just watch the fees increase.

If this happens to you, you’ll have to pay up (if you ever want to see your stuff again) and then file suit in court. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration offers this booklet to help warn consumers about their rights: www.protectyourmove.gov/consumer/awareness/rights/rights.htm

Published: Jul 30, 2008