Whether it's college kids heading home.
or professionals starting a new job.
this is the busiest time of year for americans to
It also makes it a prime time for scam artists to
News 8's Mark McPherson joins us now with our scam
of the week.
When it comes time to move.
you can either call friends and family to help.
or you can call a moving company.
But the better business bureau says.
while *legitimate* moving campanies can be very helpful.
scammers can take everything you own.
The better business bureau received more than 93-hundred
complaints against movers last year.
There were also big price increases over the original
and goods being held hostage.
usually over price disputes.
?So how do you protect yourself?
It's important to research your moving company thoroughly.
All interstate movers need to be registered by the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The F-M-C-S-A gives each carrier a unique number.
and you can verify that number at protect your move
You can also ask your real-estate agent.
they often know reputable companies.
Get three written.
If one is way lower than the others you know something
crooks aren't likely to send an estimator to your
home in advance.
If they are not a scammer.
even if they are a legitimate company.
there can be some extra.
How do you avoid extra costs
know your rights.
Companies are required to give you details of your
rights ahead of time.
And consider buying full value protection.
It costs more.
but lost or damaged articles are repaired or replaced.
Both of these can help you avoid the scenerio of your
belongings being held hostage.
which usually happens over a dispute about payment.
If you would like to share your scam with us.
you can email m-mcpherson at w-k-b-t dot com.
please include a copy of the scam.
Or leave a message on our news8000 facebook page.
On our website we will also have information about
how you can report the scam to the Consumer Protection