TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec, 9, 2022—Florida attorney general is taking legal action against fraudulent moving brokerage businesses.
Attorney General Ashley Moody filed a legal action against three individuals, two holding companies and multiple fraudulent moving brokerage businesses doing business under a variety of names, including Gold Standard Moving and Storage.
According to Moody’s consumer protection investigation, the businesses acted as a common enterprise to deceive more than 400 Floridians into believing the company professionally handled moving services and promised to provide refunds if anything went wrong.
Instead, the companies hired third parties to complete the moving services at subpar quality and refused to provide refunds.
“The defendants promised top-quality moving services, but instead provided shoddy work, higher-than-advertised prices and loads of headaches for people simply trying to relocate,” said Moody. “We are taking legal action to shut down this moving scam and recover funds for the hundreds of consumers harmed by this company’s deceptive practices.”
At various times, Gold Standard and the other defendants presented themselves as Executive Van Lines, Imperial Moving Group, National American Van Lines, Razor Van Lines, Simple Path Moving, Spartan Moving and Storage, United American Moving and Us Pro Moving and Logistics, constantly changing names to dodge bad reviews.
According to Moody’s complaint, these companies advertised top-quality moving services to consumers and claimed to complete the moving process with in-house professionals.
After consumers paid large upfront fees required by the company, third-party movers were employed instead of the professionals promised. These third-party contractors often tried to negotiate new prices—even though the consumer already signed an agreement at a specified price.
Reports from consumers described third-party movers as unprofessional, often driving unmarked moving trucks or those available to the public for rent. The defendants also allegedly claimed to offer refunds for unhappy customers, but never paid the refunds.
Anyone who experiences a moving scam should contact the Florida Attorney General’s Office by visiting MyFloridaLegal.com or calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM.
Florida Attorney General news release