A Cautionary Tale of Fraud

A Cautionary Tale of Fraud

There are businesses who aim to hold clients belongings, hostage. Charging inflated prices, before the release of their personal possessions. This is illegal and businesses face prosecution and fines for these practices.

There have been successful prosecutions for fraudulent claims made by moving businesses.  It is not a reflection on the moving business as a whole, but a few individuals who use the stress of moving as an ideal time to prey on unsuspecting clients.

This practice damages the industry. It portrays a negative picture of the business, one that no one would want to promote.

It is your job to ensure that the service you offer is realistically priced, make sure you train all staff to a recognized standard, and all insurances are in place.

This helps to protect those legitimate businesses, which are trying to run a fair and profitable business venture. Illegal practices need stamping out.  This protects your business and the industry from bad press. Be cautious in your business and report businesses that operate illegally. It is through identifying those businesses who practice unlawful actions that help save the moving industry’s reputation, and it will also protect your business.

But, it is an important message for clients too. If you are looking to hire a moving business, checking out the credentials of the company you hire is the least you need to do. Don’t trust your belongings to the cheapest removal company that you can find.  There is normally a reason for them to undercut other companies. If you are entrusting all your personal belongings to an unregistered or unlicensed firm, it could end up costing you more in the long run.

These words form part of a cautionary tale, but if you become a victim of this crime, it has the potential of costing you more money in the long-term.