After receiving their second report, Chatham-Kent Police are warning the public of a “moving scam” and how to not fall for it.
The Chatham-Kent Police Service said officers received two “moving scams” reports on May 13 and June 24 after the victims hired a company.
After the move had begun, the victims were allegedly contacted by the company, which advised them more money would need to be paid to complete the move or their belongings would not be delivered.
As a result, police are urging everyone to do their homework before hiring a moving company to avoid falling victim to a new scam.
“The move will begin as expected, but, hours later, victims receive a phone call saying they owe more money than initially agreed upon or their property will not be delivered,” police said. “It is highly recommended you research the moving company before you sign any agreement.”
Through investigation, it was learned these two incidents are related to ongoing investigations by the Toronto Police Service. The investigating officer has collaborated with the Toronto Police Service to aid in their investigative efforts.
Chatham-Kent Police cautioned the public that these suspect moving companies appear professional and normal, boasting reasonable rates and often offering weeks of free storage.
The Toronto Police Service, as a result of its investigation, has released a list of suspected fraudulent company names, which include, 12282569 Canada Inc.; O’Canada Movers; Roadway Moving and Storage Inc.; SafeBound Moving and Storage Inc.; Canadian Principal Movers; All You Can Move; Right on Track Moving; New Vision Moving; and Greenway Moving.
If a resident believes they have been a victim of this scam, they are encouraged to contact the non-emergency number at 519-352-1234.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News