This story originally appeared on Move.org.
Finding a mover can be tricky, which is why it’s useful to compare moving companies before choosing one to help you relocate. And though moving is hard enough as it is, the moving industry is plagued by predatory businesses and scammers who take advantage of customers.
These moving companies lure in unsuspecting customers with cut-rate prices that are hard to resist, then hold their belongings hostage for more money. Ideally, there would be a list of moving companies that are known to scam their customers, but it’s not that simple.
Moving scams garner a lot of negative reviews that are bad for business. Because of this, moving scams aren’t built to last.
Scammers will usually only run their moving scam long enough to cash in on a few customers, then change the business’s name and website to wipe the slate clean and start the process all over again.
Essentially, once you know a company is a scam, it might have already disappeared.
Fortunately, there’s a small handful of business practices that are dead giveaways for moving scams. Watch out for these types of companies to avoid getting scammed on moving day.