Toronto Police service issued a warning Tuesday about a moving scam, where sketchy movers are tricking clients into signing pricier contracts, then holding goods hostage until they're paid.
It's a tried-and-true scam we exposed in our October episode Movin' Day Showdown.
The police don't name a company, but warn that the ads are appearing on sites like Kijiji and Craigslist. Victims responding to the ad are directed to sales staff, who make a verbal contract.
On arrival, the movers have victims sign a "receipt" that's actually a new contract with a different fee structure. The movers then load the cargo, but refuse to unload it until clients pay the new price.
Anyone with information on this scam is encouraged to contact Toronto police or Crime Stoppers:
- Detective Keri Frenandes at email@example.com
- Detective Vicki Westervelt at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637)
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