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charlton c

12-29-2011 15:44:53

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I just got a call from this hauler that wants a deposit .I'am waiting for him to call back so I can give him a piece of my mind.Thanks guys for posting this scam ,How do you know a person is for real.Keep on tractoring.

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caterpillar guy

01-07-2012 15:45:08

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 Re: scam on hauling in reply to charlton c, 12-29-2011 15:44:53  
I haul all the time with no deposit. And have not had problems with the piece not being there. I have read about all the problems,with this one individual as being a scam,with the money card. I would however ask for references, and numbers as well as insurance info if you have doubts.

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12-31-2011 11:08:51

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 Re: scam on hauling in reply to charlton c, 12-29-2011 15:44:53  
I've hauled a lot of tractors for a lot of guys I didn't know. Went all the way from Milwaukee, WI to Sidney Montana to pick one up and deliver to the Twin Cities. As a hauler, my deal was simple: I'll arrange the pickup with the seller prior to going, and upon delivery, I get paid BEFORE your tractor even gets unchained. If you don't pay me, I'M KEEPING YOUR TRACTOR , plain and simple. It's always worked for me. I've been offered a deposit many times and always refused, mostly because if something were to happen that I couldn't fulfill the obligation, I didn't want the customer to worry about getting his deposit back, and an accounting hassle for me. If I wound up with an extra tractor for my troubles, that wouldn't be the end of the world either LOL

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John in La

12-30-2011 18:45:02

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 Re: scam on hauling in reply to charlton c, 12-29-2011 15:44:53  
Asking for a deposit does not mean he is a scammer.

He is taking just as much a risk that he will travel hundreds of miles to pick up your tractor and then being told sorry I changed my mind.
With out a deposit he is SOL.
You are not a business with a track record so look at it from his side for a second.

I have been in this business all my adult life and if I were looking for something to be hauled I would...........

First look for a local hauler. Someone that is local to you should not have a problem showing up without a deposit.

If that did not work out .......
Second I would look for a big company. Many truck lines have smaller what I call hot shot trucks and trailers.

If that was to high or did not work out .....
Third I would look for a small one truck outfit. I would ask for his DOT and MC #'s and look them up Here
From this site I could see what if any insurance he may have and if he has a legal right to haul my tractor across state lines.

I would not have a problem giving any of the above a deposit even though most of the above may not ask for one.

Now if you are looking for a unlicensed; uninsured; guy with a pickup and a trailer trying to make some beer money because he is cheaper than everyone else then maybe a deposit is not such a good idea. He may scam you.

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12-30-2011 11:32:01

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 Re: scam on hauling in reply to Rich Iowa, 12-29-2011 15:44:53  
Asking for a deposit does NOT make him a scammer. A deposit will however guarantee there is actually a load for the trucker to haul after he has driven several hundred miles to get there. It works both ways guys. Plenty of legitimate truckers have been scammed also.

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12-30-2011 10:56:04

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 Re: scam on hauling in reply to ScottyHOMEy, 12-29-2011 15:44:53  
A good hauler will accept cash on delivery with no deposit, I just had a 1400lb skid delivered from Texas to Michigan. He pulled in driveway I unloaded with my tractor and gave him a handful of cash, and we were both happy!

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12-30-2011 05:04:56

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 Re: scam on hauling in reply to charlton c, 12-29-2011 15:44:53  
Is asking for a deposit a 100% accurate indication that the guy is a scammer?

Somehow, that doesn't make sense. I can see why a legitimate hauler would want a deposit. He's taking a LOT of risk loading something and driving hundreds or thousands of miles. What if the guy at the destination stiffs him?

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bobs old iron

12-29-2011 20:19:56

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 Re: scam on hauling in reply to charlton c, 12-29-2011 15:44:53  
scroll down the threads and you will read about a lot of people reporting about scammers on hauling...don"t give him a piece of your mind, just get as much info you can from them, if you think it's a scam, you can contact the right authorities if needed, and let y-t people on form know, so they can be aware of the person trying to scam you if so, that way they can watch out also...
This post was edited by bobs old iron at 20:05:22 12/30/11.

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