A Change in Charges
If a moving company offers you a suspiciously sweet deal- watch out. You might get an enticingly low estimate from some movers, but once they’ve loaded all of your worldly belongings on their truck they might increase the charges, sometimes doubling or tripling their original quote without solid or traceable reasons. If you refuse to pay the new rate, they simply refuse to give you your belongings until you surrender to their new bill. But you didn’t get a hard-copy, guaranteed quote ahead of time, so you find yourself hostage to their demands.
The Bait and Switch
The original estimate is based on one measurement or inventory of your belongings, but when the bill arrives you’re told that your goods exceeded the estimate in some other way — which was never a part of the original estimate. Again, the movers hold your belongings until you agree to pay the inflated price, and you’re left scratching your head at how they came up with the new fees.
New clauses are added to your original contract after you’ve already agreed to the move for reasons unbeknownst to you and completely unexplained by the company. It may be charged for a driver’s fee, or for the extra time required, or any other happenings that are a normal part of moving. Any time a clause is added to your contract after the fact, without proper notification in writing — like in the estimate and/or contract — that such an occurrence could be the reason for additional charges, you’re dealing with a scam.