In the trucking and transportation industry, fair and honest work is carried out by hardworking individuals on a day-to-day basis. However, despite the great work being done, our industry sees its fair share of fraud, dishonesty, and unscrupulous activity that prey on good people. While the threat of fraud looms over many in our industry, there are a number of tips that you can follow to avoid it – protecting yourself and your valuable time. In today’s blog, we’ll be taking a look at how you can steer clear of common freight scams. If that sounds interesting, keep reading below for more information, or check out our freight broker rating system, Freight Checkers!

Always Do Your Research

Before you invest your time or money engaging with any party, we strongly recommend researching them and doing a thorough ‘background check’. This is not only to ensure that the other party is legitimate, but also to get an understanding of their reputation. Businesses are becoming increasingly present online, particularly through platforms like Google and Yelp, which are great tools to read reviews and ratings. While it may go without saying, parties with a negative or otherwise questionable online reputation should be avoided at all costs. It’s simply not worth the potential consequences.

Check for Licensure

This tip is a relatively straightforward one: you should only do business with legitimate companies that have the proper licenses. Freight brokers will need to have a license with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to be recognized as legitimate. Before agreeing to work with another party, always double-check to see that they have the valid certificates needed.

Accept Only Transparent & Professional Communication

Chances are, if a company is unprofessional, it will most likely show through poor communication skills. You should keep an eye out for spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes, awkward or clumsy language, and other ‘red flags’ that suggest their operations are being improvised. Another ‘red flag’ to look out for is solicitation emails that are sent unwarranted. Scammers often bait their victims by making bold offerings or proposals, so if something seems too good to be true, it most likely is.

Sign Up for Freight Checkers To Stay Protected From Fraud

Freight Checkers is the most comprehensive rating and monitoring service in the trucking industry, allowing users to post ratings and other valuable information for shippers, receivers, brokers, and even truck stops. Our platform is designed to restore accountability in our industry and help you make informed decisions about who you work with. Freight Checkers offers a number of plans that you can sign up for – to help keep you in the know! Sign up today or give us a call at 662-932-3775 to connect with our team.