It is a lesson that everyone should learn: Just because a Facebook page looks legitimate, has lots of likers, and received plenty of positive reviews, it does not always mean that it is for real! One couple learned this the hard way when all their belongings, except a TV they wanted to move themselves, went to a fake moving company they found through the social media giant.
Mark Higgins and Becky Szenk searched for a moving company on Facebook to help them move to the West Midlands in western central England. The one they found had a nice-looking page, complete with lots of positive reviews and nice comments from previous clients.
So, they paid the company and the movers arrived to bring their things to their new home. Little did they know that this would be the last time they would ever see their things. Everything they owned was gone, except for the TV; their family photos, books, baby toys, appliances, everything!
They shared their story in hopes that others will not be as easily fooled by appearances as they were. “For us, it’s been a big lesson to learn. I just hope others can be more careful about trusting people they book over social media as I would hate for this to happen to anyone else,” said Szenk.
They estimate that they lost around £10,000 ($15,000) and countless memories in photographs and picture frames to the fake movers. Netizens who took pity on the couple sent them some furniture and other donations. Monetary help also came in from a GoFundMe campaign.
“The donations that we have received have been so overwhelming. We lost our faith in humanity when we lost our belongings, but it’s been restored and more by the way people have responded,” Szenk revealed.