A Georgia family of Douglas County said they hired Craigslist movers to ship their possessions on April 29, but instead, the movers disappeared with the loaded truck.
“They showed up and loaded the furnishings onto the truck and told the victims they’d meet them at their new residence,” Lieutenant Glenn Daniel of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office told ABC News. “But then they never showed up.”
The woman, who’s unidentified, said the belongings were worth $75,000 in total.
“Ten years of memories, irreplaceable items, things that my husband and I worked hard for and earned. It’s just gone,” she told WSB-TV.
When police found the truck in Atlanta, it was empty; They believed the U-Haul truck was a stolen vehicle.
Two days later, Cobb police told the woman that one of her box had been mysteriously recovered.
“If I don’t get anything back, I want that box, because it has all of our social security, birth certificates in it. It has death records from my mom and son,” the homeowner told WSB-TV. “Of course, I had iPads and phones that were gone, but all the birth certificates, and all the records that I really needed were in that box, including my Bible, thank God.”
Police are currently investigating the incident.
According to Moving.com, one tips is to hire a company that has a local address and to obtain information about licensing and insurance. “Their employees should answer the phone with the full name of the business,” the site said.
Evidently, Craigslist may not be the ideal place to hire movers; the site suggested to hire movers from American Moving and Storage Association and state associations of movers, because they are more reliable.
One important tip is to never pay a large deposit, you should only pay upon delivery.
“If you pay in advance, you have no control over when you will see your belongings again,” the site suggests. “When you do pay, use a credit card to help protect you from possible fraudulent activity.”
You can view additional tips here.