Craigslist Moving Scam Head Lines

August 26, 2011

Craigslist moving scam companies abound on Craigslist.

The reason for this is really very simple: They can hide behind a computer and false identity. It is a very common practice for a moving company that gets a bad reputation to suddenly change their name and start re-posting on Craigslist.

It can be very difficult to spot these moving scams. But there is a way to do this.

Believe it or not the headline is your very first clue to spotting a  Craigslist moving scam.

I have found that moving scams headlines have a repeating pattern to them and once you have been shown how to see this trends you can very easily spot the moving scam companies from the legitimate moving companies.

While this method of spotting Craigslist moving scam headlines is fairly accurate it is not foolproof.

Once you have spotted a moving company using Craigslist, you still want to go to the Yellowpages (or Yellowbook) online directory and see if the company is listed. If the company is listed then you most likely have a reputable moving company. Of course, even though they may legitimate does not exclude them from being bad movers.

Below I am going to list out several actual examples of what I believe to be moving scam headlines. Then I will show what to look for yourself:

  • DETROIT’s LOWEST Movers Quotes. No Hidden Fees Here Licensed and Insured Fast
  • MOVING? NEED YOUR RENTAL TRUCK LOADED/UNLOADED BY EXPERIENCED MOVERS?
  • PRO MOVERS & CLEANERS LICENSED & INSURED
  • 2 MOVERS + TRUCK 70. PER HOUR UNLIMITED MILEGE/NO HIDDEN FEES
  • MOVING AND HAUL 4 U START AT 25 DOLLARS
  • MOVING DONE CHEAP! CHEAP! CHEAP!
  • MOVING?APARTMENT-HOME-CONDO=CLICK or CALL=ADVANCED TECHNICAL MOVING=
  • LOCAL MOVES @ $55/hr! TWO MEN + 26ft TRUCK

So how come I believe these to be moving scam companies? Well, that is a very good question.

There are several indicators that show me that these movers are not what they really say they are. I know many of you are looking at these actual Craigslist headlines and scratching your heads, because you may be thinking that you see nothing wrong, but wait…

Here are the indicators that you should be looking for:

  1. If a headline indicates that you will receive more than on moving estimate, then you stand a greater chance of being scammed. These are moving brokers. The number one source of all moving scams.
  2. If there are an excessive use of symbols in the ad. Symbols like dashes, equal signs, @, $$$$, or other symbols. Then most likely this is a Craigslist moving scam company. A symbol or two is okay.
  3. If there are misspellings in the headline. This is usually a red flag that this company is a scam. Not all the time. Everyone will misspell a word now and then, but the warning bells should be going off.
  4. If the ad contains the “movers” prices. Moving scams like to hook you in with low rates then jack them up at the end. SO prices in their headline, especially if they are low rates are a HUGE indicator of a moving scam.
  5. Abbreviated words are another indicator of moving scams. It shows that mover is just too lazy to even spell. If they are that lazy how productive will they be when it comes to your move? Not very.
  6. Most moving scams will not put either a phone number or a company name in their headlines.

Not these are the major things to be looking for in a moving headline to determine if they are moving scams or not. While this can be very accurate it is not always true, so make sure that you do your own research on every company that you are thinking of using.

I now wanted to give some examples of Craigslist moving headlines of companies that I believe are good movers to use. Again do your own research on any company that you may use:

  • STRONG BROTHERS MOVING…Dependable, Professional, Affordable
  • TETRIS MOVERS WILL LOAD/UNLOAD YOUR RENTAL TRUCK, TRAILER OR POD!
  • Professional Moving Labor Services (Bonded & Insured)
  • WOLVERINE MOVING AND STORAGE, LLC
  • ARE YOU RELOCATING ON A BUDGET? CALL ELLIS & CO. MOVERS TODAY!

You may see a common theme with these ads. Most of them contain an actual moving company name in them, or they are written well without a lot of hype.

Every company that advertises on Craigslist want their ads to be seen. The moving scams try to entice in with what you want to hear, while the legit and reputable companies rely on their reputations and company name. Again, this is not always true, but for the majority it is true.

This is just some very simple and easy education to help you spot the moving scam companies that preying on your needs and wants.

There are very to axioms for the moving business:

  1. The cheaper the mover, the more likely they are a moving scam.
  2. And, you get what you pay for in the moving business.

I hope that this helps you to understand what moving scams may be and how to spot the Craigslist moving scam headlines when using Craigslist for a mover.

Best of luck with your move.

Category: Craigslist Moving Scams