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The original item was published from 8/14/2021 11:46:00 AM to 6/18/2022 12:00:02 AM.
Posted on: August 14, 2021
[ARCHIVED] Bothell Police Arrest Suspect, Warn Residents About Sham Moving-Companies
On Thursday, August 12, Bothell Police recovered a stolen rental truck and arrested the driver.
Inside the truck: a lot of moving boxes and furniture that will now get to their rightful owners.
This may be part of a much larger moving-company scheme. The case is originated and is currently under investigation by the Salem Police Department.
In typical scams like this: Victims hire and pay what they think is a legitimate moving company. A truck hauls away their worldly goods – but it never arrives at their new home.
Instead, they may get a call demanding another payment. This time - it’s really big money. If the victim doesn’t pay, they never see their stuff again.
How can you protect yourself against a scam like this?
Make sure you work with licensed, bonded companies.
If a deal seems too good to be true: It is.
If you hire one company – make sure the workers who arrive are actually employees of that company, not subcontractors.
Moving is hard enough on a family - without having to go through something like this.