These days, what with the power of the internet, numerous illegitimate moving companies are cropping up and seeking to take advantage of consumers. Here to shine light on this troubling phenomenon and to shares ways in which to avoid bad companies is Oasis, an outstanding, Southwest-based moving and storage company. The news that online scammers are prevalent may not be new to you, but it’s still important to learn more about how scammers operate and what you can do to protect yourself.
The focus these days is on the “bait-and-switch” tactics employed by some moving services providers on the internet. How does it work? The moving ripoff misleads consumers into paying, what they think, is a moving deposit; instead, the sum paid by the consumer turns out to be just the brokerage fee. As it turns out, the actual moving firm that will carry out the move will demand additional payment, which can amount to being several thousand dollars more than the estimate originally given to the consumer. This is the classic “bait and switch” scheme–bait the consumer into paying, and switch around the deal so that they will have to pay more.
The scammers take advantage of the way search engines work to unfairly put themselves at the top of search results, and use names that are similar to reputable, large moving companies. These dishonest companies also often use paid links to increase their ranking on search engine results, and plant their links in external websites that are completely irrelevant to moving. Such websites include forsaken blogs, student campus groups, directories for non-related topics and more. In addition, these companies may create fake, “objective” sites which help people find the best mover in the area. Of course, these tools then lead consumers to the company itself.
It’s crucial to protect yourself against fraudulent moving companies by educating yourself on the facts, and by thoroughly researching a moving company before making serious contact with it. Explore each company’s website, ask friends and family for referrals, check out the company on Better Business Bureau, ensure that the company is licensed and insured, and pay close attention to what the company offers you. Oasis Moving and Storage provides its clients with unbeatable professional relocation services, and upholds the highest standards of quality in the industry. While other companies merely use subcontractors, Oasis is proud to own its moving trailers, thus giving customers a lot more control and confidence in their move. Ensure yourself a smooth move and keep all your assets protected by choosing to move with Oasis Moving and Storage.