Moving Victims to Get Property Back

Moving Victims to Get Property Back

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Sam Penrod Reporting"They only gave us an hour to solve the problem and then they drove off."

Yesterday we told you about the Stanfields and their dilemma, as the moving van with all of their belongings drove off into the sunset. But this morning, the movers heard about our story and finally agreed to release the Stanfield's goods.

The Stanfields’ property is in Las Vegas tonight, it has been off-loaded at a storage facility there. It will be delivered in Park City on Tuesday, thanks to the Move Rescue organization. But their story is one we can all learn from when it comes time to hire a moving company.

Last night in Salt Lake City a moving van loaded with the Stanfield's furniture drove away, destination unknown. It was because the movers demanded another $4,000 in cash, in addition to the $6,000 the Stanfield's had already paid their moving company based in New York City.

"This organization Move Rescue has really rescued us, and they told us no expense to us they are going to get our stuff back to us and get it back to our house."

It's a situation that legitimate moving companies say is becoming all too common. Small movers, many of which advertise on the Internet, will at times hold household property hostage for more money. Art Haddow who operates Premier Movers in Salt Lake is a volunteer with Move Rescue, a national organization to help. Move Rescue focuses on awareness to keep people out of the Stanfield's situation.

Art Haddow: "Go with a company that has a reputable name, one you have seen for years going up and down the roads. Don't go with the company that has the best price on the internet, cause the same thing will happen to you most likely. Visit their warehouse, go down and see if they exist, just don't believe if they exist over the phone or the Internet. You have a complete stranger pulling off with all your goods, make sure you know who they are.”

Move Rescue says not all stories like this have a happy ending. So they are trying to make people aware of the risks of doing business with little known movers, before it's too late.

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