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Summer Scam Alert: Moving

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Summer is moving season, so scams by moving companies are on the rise. Save yourself the aggravation of being forced to pay exorbitant prices at the risk of scammers holding, stealing, and selling all of your possessions. To avoid being scammed, always research your moving company to make sure it is legitimate. Look for reviews from real customers and proof that that company is registered with the Federal government and insured.


Remember to trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, it usually isn’t. Never trust a company that refuses to provide a written estimate or makes you pay a large deposit prior to loading. Always review any papers you are asked to sign to make sure they are coherent and complete. Take these extra steps to ensure a smooth, successful move, and read about other ways to protect your loved ones and yourself from summer fraud.

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