Reliable United Auto Transport Review – Michael Wallberg

Yes, its that time again. I write reviews based on experiences with companies and products that I encounter along the path I walk in life. Today I had to write this review for a company based out of Boca Raton, FL. The company goes by a few names and there is plenty of bad things to say about them.

As I always do, I start with the facts surrounding my encounter. Recently my daughter moved from Asheville NC to St. Petersburg, FL. She was looking for a fresh start for herself and my grandkids and her boyfriend. They moved here and we were in the process of getting them situated with housing, jobs, school etc. You know all the pertinent details you would come to expect from a major relocation.

Well, after a short time being here, she landed a job and was on her way to work when her boyfriends truck decided to stop running. Long story short, the truck had 340K miles on it. Boyfriend owes more on the truck than its worth. So we decide to ship the truck back to the place he purchased it from. A buy here, pay here lot in Leicester, NC.

I’ve never shipped a vehicle like this, so I start looking for pricing. I submit a couple of requests for quotes and immediately my phone starts going bonkers. Calls from every trucking company in the Southeast I figure. Quotes are also filling up my email inbox. I start contacting these companies and begin talking to Michael Wallberg of Reliable Auto Transport.

The quote from them is a respectable $450 for Insured delivery door to door, with a winch equipped truck. He states that if I am not in a hurry, if I am flexible with my dates that he could have somebody out to pickup the truck by Friday. I had called on Sunday afternoon and agreed to his terms and pricing and timeline. I placed the $450 charge on my Amex card and closed the call out with him.

Friday comes and goes and no contact from anyone. I call Saturday and was berated by Mike stating that I said I was flexible and that he would ultimately have someone out to pickup the truck by Monday. Again Monday comes and goes and no contact yet again. I start to see a pattern here and do a Google search for this trucking company. What I found was not good at all.

Reliable United Auto Transport has multiple scam reports filed with the BBB and ripoffreport.com. It seems that they are not an actual trucking company. They are a broker. That means that they find a carrier to transport your vehicle and charge a fee on top of the trucking companies rates.

Immediately I file a dispute with American Express. Then start the process all over again. I dig through all the quotes I have from other transport providers, research a couple of them, then contact United American transport. FWIW their quote was $350 a full $100 cheaper than the first shyster that tried to scam me. I commit to the deal, they take a $100 deposit and send the contract for acceptance electronically. I am told I will be paying the driver the balance of the fee in cash when the truck is loaded. Perfect.

The next day I get a call from a driver that states they are in the area and would like to pickup the vehicle. I ask specifically if they are with United American transport and the driver says ‘Yes’. I agree to meet him at the pickup location and he arrives about 30 minutes later. I ask to see his paperwork and he shows me his pickup order on an Ipad. He is not with United American, he is with Reliable United and he expects to collect $450 in cash on the spot. I decline and tell him to leave without the vehicle.

A couple of minutes later, my phone rings and its Michael Wallberg asking why I wont let his driver load the truck. I tell him, “You are trying to rip me off, do not call me again. I have disputed the charge you placed on my card. Good day”. He then proceeds to ring my phone several times, I place his number into reject status on my mobile device. He then starts using a block on Caller ID.

Two days later I get a call from the second company. Driver in the area, calling to coordinate a pickup time with me. We setup the time, I get an email with the drivers contact info and an updated price of $420 total. I agree, driver shows up and I help him load the non running truck onto his trailer. Pay the $320 fee, collect my bill of lading and the truck is on its way.

Here is where it gets interesting. I log into my American Express account to check on the status of the dispute. It shows closed and I still have the charge showing as due. Immediately log into chat session with an Amex representative and ask why the dispute is closed. He tells me that Reliable United submitted paperwork that shows the charge as valid.

Dumbfounded I ask the rep how that can be as they showed up the day after I filed my dispute, that I had hired a different company and have paperwork that shows the vehicle being picked up. I also tell him to Google the company in question so you too can see all the rip off and scam reports about them.

The Amex rep, then files another dispute on my behalf, tells me not too worry. They will take care of this for me. He explains how I can upload my actual receipt and within 12 hours of uploading the bill of lading the charge is reversed.

If you are considering using Michael Wallberg to ship a vehicle. Don’t use them. Research them first and see how they have held vehicles hostage and scammed people. If you are looking for a reliable and honest transport company, talk to Robert Santini at United American Transport. Their number is 678-359-3696

Craigslist Housing Scams – How to spot them

Robin and I have been looking in earnest for a rental property in Pinellas county. We are gearing up to move July 1st. We are being very careful, making sure we do not rent a house that’s in foreclosure, is in a good neighborhood and is conveniently located in the central part of the county.

What we have found is an abundance of ads that are just too good to be true. Three bedroom houses with 2000 square feet, just do not rent for $700 a month. Not in this market; Certainly not in the last 15 years. After looking over the ads for a couple weeks now. Here is what stands out.

  • The ads are usually just a couple lines of descriptive text, like it was copied and pasted from a real estate listing.
  • The property has been listed for sale.
  • You will get an email response from someone saying that they are out of the country on a Christian mission
  • You will get scammed if you proceed.

What is happening is that a Nigerian or Panamanian or whatever foreign national is searching property listings, swiping the photos and descriptions, then re-listing the property for rent on Craigslist. Their response emails are ridiculously laden with poor grammar, mis-spellings and why would they need this information.

Let’s include a couple responses I received so we can compare notes.

The Ad.

$700 / 3br – 3 bedroom house for rent (Safety Harbor)

1000 Chillum Ct, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

This home offers quality, comfort and gorgeous views of pristine ponds. From the minute that you drive into the private cul-de-sac location.

Not a bad place for $700 a month. Guess what you will never see the inside of the home, unless you contact the ACTUAL owner. Knowing full well that this was a scam I sent over this email….

Interested in the house….is the price a mistake? More details please.

Here is the response I received;

Hello,
I can see you are interested in the ad I have pasted, I am currently in Spain with my family where we work as a volunteer with the Missionary, here is the site (www.missionary-blogs.com) for more details about why we are here in Spain. We spent less time in the States so we could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when we knew how long we are going to stay in Spain that we decided to rent out the house. However, the initial plan was to sell out the house. which we tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the price and it takes longer to sell. We are telling you this in case you find the house on another website, that is the old advert So we need a tenant to take care of it but since  we are out of the state now, we have received some proposals regarding the rent because it is located in a very good area, but we still have to make sure it is rented out to someone who can take good care of it.The keys to the House are right here with me and i could send it to you after all necessary agreement has been accepted by my family, It includes facilities such as water and heat, laundry facilities, air condition, internet and telephone access and a car park and other necessary facilities, also comes with trash collection. Pets are allowed as well as long as they are not destructive. We also want you to let us have trust in you as we always stand on our word. So if you know you are capable of the task,get back to me so that we can provide you with some questions that we would want you to answer. The rent is $700 per month and the deposit is $700.
Here is the location: 1000 Chillum Ct, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Regards & Remain Blessed.
KISLIN STANLEY

Here is another response to a different ad. Closer in price to the actual market price.

 Hello,
I received your mail..I am the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and son before we were transferred to Africa on Christian Missionary Work… Presently my house is still available and monthly rent is $900 (rent already includes utilities). Please i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own. It is not the money that is the main problem  but i want you to keep it tidy at all the time so that i will be glad  to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the  absolute care for the property.
My house have extremely spacious rooms.Very quiet, low traffic area.I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas.

House Address: 3203 San Carlos Street, Clearwater FL

SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW.
RENT APPLICATION FORM.

FIRST NAME:__________?
MIDDLE NAME:__________?
LAST NAME:__________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
KIDS_____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY________
PRESENT ADDRESS:_____________________
CITY:_______________
STATE:______________
ZIP CODE:____________
HOW LONG?___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING?____________?
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN?______________?
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT_______________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE__________________
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF PET:_____________?
KIND OF PETS:_____________?
HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE______________ ?
DO YOU DRINK______________?
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?____?

Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this…
The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $900 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in….This deposit is refundable if at the end of the day you don’t like the House but i am giving you the benefit of doubt that you would definitely like it.Since we are not around to show the House,you can just drive by to see the outside of the House.Its a lovely home everybody would like.Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…
my number are (+234- 808-410-7303 OR 011-234-808-410-7303).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

Thanks and Remain Blessed.

Regards

Yeah can you believe that? I hope for everyone’s sake that this screams SCAM and you do not fall victim to a Craigslist housing scam

 

 

 

 

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