Consumer Reports: Don't get burned by moving scams

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More people move in June than in any other month, and Consumer Reports says movers should be wary.

The Better Business Bureau got more than 8,000 moving-company complaints last  year. But there are ways to avoid getting ripped off. If a company insists on giving you an estimate over the phone or Internet instead of  coming to your home, that's a bad sign.

And never sign a document that has a lot of blank spaces that haven't been filled in. Another red flag? The movers are using  unmarked trucks.

To find a legitimate mover with a good reputation, seek out recommendations from real-estate agents or friends who have actually used the company. Consumer Reports recommends getting estimates from at least three companies and making sure the companies are licensed.

There's a helpful website, protectyourmove.gov, that lists all companies licensed for  interstate moves and tells you whether there are any complaints. You can also check  the ratings of the Better Business Bureau at bbb.org

If there's a problem, such as damaged or missing goods, notify the mover immediately.  If you think you've been defrauded, contact your state Attorney General or consumer  protection department. Consumer Reports says be aware moving companies are allowed to charge a certain percentage above their estimate upon delivery.

Also worth knowing, regulations are  different if the move is out of state as opposed to within state lines. You can get more  information about regulations both in-state and out at protectyourmove.gov.

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