From time to time, moving horror stories hit the news. CAM posts these media stories to help educate consumers about the pitfalls and extreme tactics that the rogue element will use against uninformed consumers. It doesn't matter if it's in the USA or Canada, they scheme the same.
It truly is your responsibility to know who's moving you and all of your worldly possessions.
Here's a few of the more recent stories.
- *new* - CBC News - Sudbury police investigating complaint about alleged scam involving movers. (March 8, 2021)
- *new* - The Sudbury Star: Sudbury police warn of moving company scams. "Whether you are moving across town or across province, choosing a mover should not be taken lightly, police said. Finding a trusted and reliable mover is even more important, however, during the current COVID-19 pandemic." (March 4, 2021)
- Listowel Banner: Fraudulent moving company rips woman off for $500, leaves her stranded in Listowel. This consumer got scammed for $500 by Triple Star Movers Inc. and had to sleep in her pickup truck while keeping an eye on all her belongings at the side of the road. (January 11, 2021)
- CBC Nova Scotia: These customers were promised shipping containers. Now they're out thousands of dollars. The two companies identified in the article are Box Containers LLC and BigMax Containers. (January 4, 2021)
- Global News: Alberta woman demands compensation for damages following lengthy and stressful move. An Airdrie, Alta., woman is demanding compensation for various items she said were damaged during a lengthy and stressful move earlier this month. (November 26, 2020)
- Ottawa Citizen - "After five weeks, Gatineau woman will finally get her belongings back" (Nov 27, 2020)
- Ottawa Citizen - "Consumers be careful - a few unreliable moving companies will pull the rug out from under you" (Nov 26, 2020)
- Ottawa Citizen: I feel like I am being held hostage (Nov 19, 2020)
- CBC Hamilton: Hamilton woman is in 'pure shock' after $3,600 moving bill. The Better Business Bureau say they have 'lots of concerns' about Moonstar Van Lines. "I can confirm that Moonstar, Move Me Again, and Greenway Moving are not Canadian Association of Movers members, and never will be, as they are the antithesis of what a Certified Professional Mover should be," says CAM president Nancy Irvine. (October 27, 2020)
- St. Croix Courier "Moving company holds possessions hostage of family during move from Quebec to St. Stephen" The moving company refused to deliver until they were paid thousands more than the quote. (August 12, 2020)
- Global News "Go through all the last minute documentation" Toronto couple warn" Toronto couple's possessions get held hostage as they get scammed with a bill that was 605% over the estimated contract. (August 7, 2020)
- WMAR-2 Baltimore - The first of 12 people charged in a nationwide moving scam in July of 2018 has pleaded guilty. The movers were accused of defrauding, extorting, and stealing from around 900 customers. Read more: Man pleads guilty to role in nationwide moving scam. (January 27, 2020)
- The CBC News (Nova Scotia) issued a story about Big Boys Movers/Halifax Movers (NOT Big Boy Movers in St. John's, NL) and how the Movers deliver only half of family's belongings — and dump the rest. Here's the radio segment. Consumers need to validate their movers before hiring them. (June 6, 2019).
- How to avoid fly-by-night moving companies. (April 30, 2019).
- CBS News posted a story about how Florida is cracking down on movers accused of defrauding consumers: Moving company accused of holding customers' belongings hostage. (January 28, 2019).
If you are still not convinced that you need to research your mover, then read more.