New York, New York (PressExposure) December 26, 2009 -- Copycat relocation services are proliferating across the country, so before you start dealing with any of them, make sure they are the real companies. Check that the web sites you are surfing are the ones run by the real companies.
In California, a moving company called Bekins Moving & Storage is being investigated by the California Public Utility Commission for alleged extortions. A rising number of customers have been complaining that the firm has been holding furniture and households goods to extort money from customers.
According to investigators, Bekins Moving has been riding on the coattails of Bekins Van Lines, a pioneer mover based in Chicago and among the most reputable moving companies in the U.S. based on customer surveys and on moving industry association awards.
Copycat Bekins Moving has also run under different names, including BET Transportation, BGT Transportation and BMS Moving & Storage.
The phone number used by Bekins Moving is also used by another copycat company called Stevens Moving & Storage, which is also obviously riding on the reputation of another recognized and established moving company Stevens, which is based in Michigan.
Based on initial investigation results, Stevens Moving has been using other company names, giving the impression that they are different relocation services. These names include Stevens Relocation, CHS Transportation, We Are Moving Relocations, Express Moving, We Are Moving and Storage and Better Way to Move Moving and Storage.