CMF movers are scammers! The name of the company might change from time to time but their contact number, 416 707 5186, typically remains the same. In order to weed these scammers out from your potential list of movers, type the phone number and it should lead you their advertisement.
These movers advertise their rates as 39$ per hour. However, on first phone contact, they will say that they will require a 300$ deposit. Should the actual work end up being less in amount, their initial promise is that you will get the difference after the move.
Their modus operandi is this:
- Show up at the day of the move.
- Ask for the 300$ deposit.
- Issue you a receipt with minimal identifying information on it i.e. business address, owner's full name, etc.
- perform a ruse of contacting the manager and will put the manager on speaker phone.
- said manager will then say to his scamming cohorts, "No, that's a big move, you have to ask for another 300$ deposit on top of the first 300$ that was given to you."
- Should you not agree to pay the extra 300$, they will pretend to concede and let this one slide.
- They will say that they will proceed with loading up the van, turn around and then make a run for it. There goes your money.
- If you do agree to pay up the extra money, they most probably will load up your furniture, leave and say that they will meet you at the unloading site. Your hair will probably turn white from all the waiting as they for sure will not turn up.
- Your furniture might end up being sold at Kijiji.
I have learned a hard lesson from this. If you are in the same situation as me who was trying to find some decent yet affordable movers, then maybe try to be more conscious of doing the following:
- ask your friends and family if they know of a decent yet affordable movers.
- if you do end up hiring somebody straight off the internet, some things that will indicate to you of their intent and professionalism:
1. they have business cards
2. they have an obvious adminsitration infrastructure when you call them up.
3. a website of their company with all identifying and contact information.
Have tried to go to the Police with this one. They will say that this is a civil matter and it is best to take this to a small claims court. That would be hard if all you have is a first name and a cell phone number.
Anyway, just thought to share this with you, prospective movers who are looking to save on moving costs.
I have learned that in life, it is at times worthwhile to fork up the extra money to get decent, honest and professional service.