Freight forwarding is an essential task that business owners might not be able to focus on as they focus their resources on their primary responsibilities to improve their businesses. Thanks to such prioritization, several companies tend to be ill-equipped for freight forwarding, necessitating the services of professional freight forwarders.
Freight forwarders have both the skills and expertise in logistics needed to handle the requirements for handling the transportation of goods. The demand for freight forwarders led to the rise of some fraudulent individuals who wish to take advantage of the market. Their clients would need to know the most common freight forwarding scams and how they can avoid such scams.
Scammers in the freight forwarding business tend to operate online by posing as freight forwarders and offer their services on a significantly lower rate than usual. After having a client, they conduct their business as if they were legitimate freight forwarders until the goods are already packed from the port. Scammers will then deny the release of the Bill of Lading or BOL which is the proof of contract of carriage and the receipt of the client’s goods, which would then keep anyone from claiming the shipment until they pay a ransom for the BOL’s release.
Some scammers manage their own websites that are made similar to legitimate freight forwarding sites to minimize suspicion. A lot of websites have identical company names, making it easy for scammers to operate their own fake sites alongside the other identical ones.
Other scammers would work like how BOL scammers work, but instead of merely putting up your shipment for ransom, they steal it once they have their hands on it.
Business owners can easily spot scammers by their ridiculously low service rates, and they can avoid such scammers by being knowledgeable on the average cost of a shipment to keep them from being attracted by ridiculously low prices. Online scammers tend to use free hosting sites, which then makes it imperative to check on their domain names to determine if they are legit or not.
Freight forwarding is an essential part of the business world, and getting scammed could mean significant losses for a company. To know the three most common freight forwarding scams and how your company can avoid them, see this infographic by Excelsior
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