Tips for Motor Carriers on Avoiding Transportation Fraud
Unfortunately, fraud and deception continue to plague the transportation industry. Criminals use many different methods to deceive brokers and carriers. Some claiming to be motor carriers pick up valuable freight for legitimate brokers and then steal the cargo. Others claiming to be brokers hire truckers to carry freight and then pocket the earnings without paying the drivers. Investigating and prosecuting these criminals can be very time-consuming and the victims of these crimes are often never compensated. The following tips to help truckers in avoiding transportation fraud:
Research brokers and shippers
For starters, you can conduct an online search and make sure that the freight broker has an actual website, a working phone number, and a physical address. You may be able to also read reviews from past clients. Websites like Transport Reviews will give you more insights on freight brokers.
You can research brokers on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) website. If they are registered, the broker will have a USDOT number and often a Motor Carrier Authority (MC) number. You can check this by doing a search on this website.
Watch for unexpected deductions
If you have shared your bank account or credit card numbers with a broker or shipper, check your accounts frequently to make sure that extra funds are not deducted from your account without your knowledge.
Find out about payment history and costs
Most importantly, find out about brokers’ payment histories. Online credit bureaus typically charge a fee for proving you credit reports. However, you can find credit reports for thousands of freight brokers for free on load boards.