|Rogue movers typically work like this: Without ever visiting your home or seeing the goods you want moved, they give a low-ball estimate over the phone or Internet. Once your goods are on their truck, they demand more money before they’ll deliver or unload them. They hold your goods hostage and force you to pay more—sometimes much more than you thought you had agreed to—if you want your possessions back.
Your best defense is to recognize a rogue mover before they have your goods. Here are the “red flags” to look out for:
Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move
No local address, license or insurance
No company name
Generic Rental truck
If you know someone in the business that you have used, and trust, that is someone worth passing along. I know personally Bob Landsinger, of Vector Atlas Moving, In San Francisco, and can only say good things about him! if you live in the bay area give him a call, 415-822-2377.
This info (except for that last part about Bob) was copied from a USA.gov posting on 5/16/13