BBB warns of moving scams

May is one of the busiest times of year for Americans changing residencies. It also means unlicensed movers and scammers are waiting to take advantage of unwary consumers.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) joined with the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) to provide important tips on how to avoid scams.

"Finding a mover you can trust doesn't need to be difficult, if you take the time to do some research," said Paula Fleming, Vice President of the local BBB. "When choosing a mover, check your local BBB for Business Reviews and Customer Reviews on movers in your area. Checking a mover's credentials is very important, and often very easy."

BBB and AMSA are offering the following tips for finding a trustworthy moving company:

Research the company thoroughly.

Get at least three written in-home estimates.

Know your rights.

Consider accepting full value protection.

To check out a mover near you, and for more consumer information you can trust, visit and