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How to Report a Rogue Mover

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When you're moving, there are few things as bad as encountering a less-than-professional moving company out to take advantage of its customers, people who are often vulnerable, in a transition period and willing to accept help from wherever they can get it. The reason why so many people fall victim to rogue moving companies and fraudulent movers is because we're often so busy during the moving process and so focused on all of the other aspects of a move, that we forget the most important part: to make sure that the company you've entrusted to handle your most personal and most valuable belongings, is a company that you can actually trust.

Unfortunately, it's far too often that families are exploited by dishonest moving companies that are only out to make money, even if it's at the expense of innocent people who just want someone to haul their furniture a few hundred miles. Although the last thing anyone wants when they arrive at their new home and prepare to kick-start a new phase in their life is to have to deal with having their belongings held hostage or their money stolen by a fraudulent moving company, these things do happen. While it can be extremely unpleasant, amidst all of the other hectic things going on in your life, to have to deal with filing complaints and reporting the company to federal regulators and the proper authorities, it helps to know that there are outlets available to offer some kind of help for people who have been taken advantage of by their movers.

Luckily, there are also many options available for you to voice your displeasure with your moving company. Plus, when it all comes down to it, your complaint will not only help other people to avoid being taken advantage of and exploited, but it will also help authorities in control of regulating the moving industry weed out these offenders and prevent them from victimizing others in the future. This guide will provide you with some helpful information on who to contact if you feel you've been exploited by a rogue mover and how to contact them.

Reporting the company to industry authorities

There are several different government organizations that serve to regulate the moving and shipping industry and who will accept complaints for moving companies, and one of them is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA mostly regulates the safety and proper management of moving and relocation companies on the roads and makes sure that the company operates within the proper standards set for moving companies. You can file a complaint online here.

Another federal organization that works to regulate the shipping industry is the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General, which accepts complaints too, although you will have to email them the complaint at The U.S. government tracks all moving companies registered with the DOT through a number that the company is given and is required to post on all of their vehicles for identification purposes. The U.S. DOT collects information on these companies through audits, compliance reviews and inspections, so reporting any fraudulent moving activity through them and the FMCSA is easily the best course of action to take if you feel that you've been the victim of a moving scam or rogue movers.

AMSA and the BBB

A useful non-government organization that you can contact in order to file a complaint against a company that you feel is dishonest is the AMSA, the American Moving and Storage Association. The organization and their seal is one of the true signs of an honest and reliable moving company, so they are serious about maintaining a certain level of integrity in the moving and relocation industry and will work with you to resolve any issues to the best of their ability.

You can contact AMSA by emailing your complaint to

You can also contact the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to report the company that you used. The Better Business Bureau works to ensure that companies follow a strict set of regulations regarding their practices and operations and work with consumers to resolve issues and hold companies responsible for their actions. You can contact the BBB by visiting their website here.

When you contact these organizations, remember to include all of the necessary information about the company you are filing a complaint about, including the full name of the company, the address, phone number and URL, if possible, so that the company can be easily identified and your complaint can be properly addressed.

If you're looking for additional places to voice your opinion and file a complaint against the moving company that handled your recent move, you can always visit and fill out our easy-to-use moving review form to let the company know about your troubles and help them improve their service.

Filing a claim

Before you file a claim with a moving company for lost or damaged items, make sure that you thoroughly inspect your entire shipment first. It's important to double-check your moving inventory as well, to see if the damage in question occurred during the move, or if it was already there prior to the move. This is why it's a good idea to include the condition of all your items with your moving inventory. If you do not have proof that the item was damaged during the move, your claim may be rejected.

Once you have properly assessed all of the damages and have made the decision to file a claim with the moving company, it is best to act as quickly as possible. While many moving companies will give you up to 9 months to file a claim, you are much better off starting the process as soon as you can.

When you are ready to file a claim, make sure that you have all of the necessary documents and paperwork that you received from the movers, like the bill of lading, the inventory list, and the item's original receipt, if possible.

If your move was an interstate move, then contact your moving company to file your claim. If it was not an interstate move, then you must contact your state's regulatory agency, or a similar office that handles moving insurance claims.

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on August 19, 2013 - Moving Expert
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