Watch Out for "Hostage Movers"

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It was a beautiful March day when Theresa Riley invited the Consumer Justice crew into her home. The rooms were virtually empty for more than two months. “I can’t explain not having your things.” She bought a blow-up mattress to sleep on and financed a couch for the living room. The walls were bare except for a single plaque, honoring her mother. “I’m so glad I had it in my car,” said Riley.

The rest of her belongings — furniture, clothing, dishes, appliances and other household goods — were supposedly in a warehouse in Arlington, after being moved here from Florida.

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Below is advice from A-1 Freeman Moving Group to heed prior to hiring a mover. 
Recognize an untrustworthy mover BEFORE they have your household goods.

Unfortunately, not all movers have your best interest in mind. So, keep these RED FLAGS handy as you are talking to your potential mover.

Be wary of movers who:

  • Charge a fee to provide an estimate.
  • Provide an estimate that sounds too good to be probably is!
  • Don't provide written estimates or who say they will determine your charges after loading.
  • Ask you to sign blank documents.
  • Have no physical address on their website or paperwork.
  • Have a poor record with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Do not have a Department of Transportation (DOT) license or the license is expired.
  • Do not have an Motor Carrier (MC) license or the license is expired.
  • Have a DOT or MC number that is less than 3 years old.
It's better to be safe than sorry. So, make sure and check out your moving company before they load your belongings onto their truck!