CAM will host a Public Relations seminar from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (EST) on Thursday, March 3rd. The purpose of the seminar is to provide members with some of the basic principles of PR and advice on how to use it to your company’s advantage. Information on registering for the call can be seen on our website (pdf).
A company claiming to operate in a West African country has been implicated in a scam. In this scam, a “client” emails a legitimate moving company requesting that the mover contact an “agent” with logistical information and costs for delivering goods from West Africa to the USA.
The “client’s” email is quickly followed by one from the “agent”, with an invoice attached. The “agent” states that an air waybill will be sent, along with clearance papers for delivery of the items, but that a bank wire of an amount exceeding $2,000 US for “demurrage and storage fees” must be received before the “agent” can forward details of delivery and pick-up.
IAM shared this information in an effort to alert members to current scams, and to the tactics of such scam artists, which, as one IAM member observed, “can sound convincing to untrained ears.” Thanks to Tony Cleary for the warning.
These scams seem to be popping up on a regular basis. For ones that appear to originate in Canada, you can report them to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit the Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca. Two general reminders about scams:
If you haven’t got the paperwork and don’t know the mover, don’t issue the money!
Never give a cash advance on a credit card unless you are a bank!
CAM will be publishing the Spring 2011 issue of its magazine and directory – The Canadian Mover – in early April. Check your listing in the Fall 2010 issue or online. Let us know ASAP if there are any changes required. And you can send us any news or announcements that would interest readers.
Visit the postings page to see job listings.
Larry Rosenberg, president of Bekins Moving and Storage (Canada) Ltd. in Richmond, BC, has appointed Gerry Puckrin as General Manager, effective March 1st. Many members will know Gerry from his experience with United Van Lines, Mayflower Canada and North American Van Lines. We wish Gerry well in his new assignment.
United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. announced that it has re-qualified for 2010 as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies. Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies is Canada’s leading business awards program, recognizing excellence in Canadian owned and managed private companies. Congratulations to United Van Lines.
CAM posts articles for sale or articles wanted.
While no ads are currently posted, we have recently had several requests to sell or buy storage pallets. Should you be interested in either, let us know and we will put you in touch with a buyer or seller.
We have had a request from a reputable buyer looking for a small moving business on the west coast – Lower Mainland area preferred. If you are interested, let us know and we will connect you with this potential buyer.
If you have news that Canada’s moving industry should know about, please let CAM know and we will include it in upcoming issues of this newsletter.