April through July has historically been the busiest time of year for home buying and selling. During these months, neighborhoods across the country are filled with moving trucks as homeowners, renters and their families move on from the old to the new. A lot goes into packing and moving a home and often times certain things can get overlooked like the safety and security of a mover's personally identifying information (PII).
Monitor bank and credit card statements. Consider enrolling in a service like Identity Guard® that not only helps you monitor activity related to your credit, but also helps protect your computer, public records, and even mobile devices all things that could have been impacted by the move.
Mover fraud is becoming more commonplace in the U.S. To avoid becoming a victim, do your due diligence and thoroughly research moving companies in your area. Ask for recommendations from trustworthy friends, family members, and real estate agents. And check with the Better Business Bureau to ensure the mover has a solid reputation. You should also make sure the mover is registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and has a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDDOT) number before signing any agreements or obtaining an estimate.