I’ve held on to this story for a while in order to give lawyers and the people affected some time to grieve and get their ducks in a row, but I think it’s time to talk about something that happened on June 27th, 2011.
This woman’s story is by far the most horrendous act that I’ve heard about this group of scammers. She went through a broker named World Wide Van Lines who contracted her out to All American Trusted Van Lines. As a side note, when I spoke to the FMCSA hotline, she said they were already very well aware of World Wide Van Lines.
At any rate, her story starts off like the same standard hostage moving scam: they pick up the shipment, after which it is impossible to get in contact with them and they do not provide any information. As is standard, when they finally get around to contacting you, they demand more money and your shipment is always weeks late.
When she finally did arrange delivery (after all of the fake dates came and went), she was scheduled for the morning of June 27th. She received a call from the driver on June 26th letting her know that they would arrive early the next morning. When they didn’t show up on the morning of the 27th, she started making phone calls.
She finally received about 20% of her shipment on July 6th. Nothing could prepare her for what she would learn next.
On July 12th, she learned that the truck carrying her shipment had been involved in a fatal wreck on I-17 outside of Flagstaff. This article details the crash. It has been reported that the driver didn’t even have a CDL, which would have been required for driving this type of truck.
She went to the tow yard where her stuff was moved to after the accident and rummaged through all of her completely destroyed property trying to salvage anything including artwork, family heirlooms, antiques, and family pictures. It was no use. Everything was destroyed. On top of all of that, one man is dead.
I’ve heard a rumor that the family of the man who was killed is filing a wrongful death lawsuit (hopefully against Oren Osaden and Franco Matar directly).
I generally get about 2 or 3 emails a week from people trying to find their shipment. I can’t imagine a moving story that could possibly be worse than this one though.