The purpose of this post is to inform and assist victims in the Orange County area affected by an individual named Scott "Scott the Mover" Tassone. For the past decade, Scott Michael Tassone has operated various scams defrauding his victims for financial gain. One scam includes is feigning to operate a residential moving company despite being unlicensed and uninsured in the State of California which is illegal. Scott has also been known to operate in the real estate market, and knowingly cash or submit bad checks.
The information in this post is a compilation from various information online that can be verified.
In the second season the television series Storage Hunters, which airs on TruTV, two new characters were added: Scott "Scott the Mover" Tassone and Chrissy Kachadorian-Tassone. Despite claiming to own and operate a moving company, Scott Michael Tassone who currently resides in Trabuco Canyon, CA does not have the proper license to operate a moving company in the State of California. On a number of occasions, his moving operations including 3 Big Dogs Moving Company have received cease and desist notices by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for operating unlicensed and uninsured. As a result, victims whose furniture was damaged due the negligence of the movers were not actually insured at all. Scott typically lists false addresses for his businesses which results in customers being unable to easily hold him accountable for any damages.
Additionally, Scott Michael Tassone has had a number of incidents with officials in the State of California. In 2008, the Department of Real Estate investigated Scott Michael Tassone for fraud, dishonest dealings and unlicensed activity in the real estate market. Scott Michael Tassone's real estate license has since been revoked.
Known companies associated with Scott Michael Tassone include:
- Homesbytel.com, Inc
- Shadow Financial Corp.
- 3 Big Guys Moving
- 3 Guys Moving & Storage
- Three Guys and A Moving Truck, LLC
- 3 Big Dogs Moving Company (February 2011 - March 2012)
- The Move Crew (March 2012 - May 2012)
- First Choice Moving & Storage (July 2012 - August 2012)
- Big Dog Move Crew (September 2012 - Present)
3 Big Dogs Moving Company received a cease and desist notice as a result of CPUC investigations (#14 on the list for 3 Big Dogs):
For fans and critics of the television series Storage Hunters, the TruTV website lists the following information about the Tassones which appears to be completely false:
"Scott & Chrissy Tassone
Scott and Chrissy Tassone have been in the auction game for more than a decade. But theirs is more than just a casual interest. These two are serious pros, bringing with them the experience of having their own moving business. In other words, this husband and wife team knows what sells... and what doesn't. They have an eye for antiques and high-end collectibles. And with a take-no-prisoners attitude, when they want something, they get it."
According to the TruTV website, it claims the Tassones have been in the auction game for over a decade. The first problem here is that Tassones were busy getting into trouble with scamming people in the real estate market around that timeframe. Especially, there appears to be no record of Scott Tassone being involved in the moving business until mid-2009 as 3 Guys Moving & Storage which he did not directly own.
Contradicting TruTV's claims, Scott Tassone on his personal website, http://www.scottthemover.com, claims the following:
"It all started in 2007 Owning a Commercial Moving Company That does foreclosure clean outs and evections I found myself with a surpluses of things of value for sale that were left behind. What i could not get for free or on trade I started buying. The selling of was easy with my wife at my side to help market things for sale and keeping the inventory under control."
This contradicts the "more than a decade" claim on TruTV's website since Scott Tassone lists 2007 as the date (five years ago).
Aiding the 2009 date from being the timeframe Scott Michael Tassone became associated with the moving business, Scott filed a ficticious business with the Clerk-Recorder's office in 2009:
Scott Michael Tassone has been known to employ a variety of psychological tactics to subdue his victims. Some of these tactics include:
- Make idle promises to resolve the matter to pacify victims. He will generally either ignore his victims when the time comes to make good on the promise or make an excuse to delay resolution.
- Common excuses to delay resolution include: vehicle broke down, check must have been lost in the mail, family emergencies and business trips.
- Informing victims to contact his attorney. Yet, he will provide no contact information to contact his so-called attorney.
- Threaten that he will sic him so-called attorney or file a lawsuit for slander or harassment.
- Publicly claim victims are fake and/or blatantly lie about his side of the story.
- Accuse the victims of being the difficult ones since he "offered" to resolve the issue (despite ignoring numerous broken promises).
NOTE: I am not an attorney. However, this is advice based upon experience to provide insight and guidance to those defrauded by Scott Michael Tassones actions.
Something to note is that the BBB (Better Business Bureau) is NOT a government entity. They do not have any jurisdiction non-BBB business members.
If you suspect a moving company associated with Scott Michael Tassone may be unlicensed and/or uninsured, you should contact the California Public Utilities Commission to investigate the matter. You will need to provide as much documentation and evidence as possible.
If you are interested in suing Scott Michael Tassone, you can file a lawsuit against him in Orange County, CA. At the time of writing, Scott resides in Trabuco Canyon, CA, which means he falls under jurisdiction of the Harbor Justice Center in Laguna Hills, CA.
If you intend to sue Scott Michael Tassone for $10,000 or less, you can file a Small Claims suit. Otherwise, if the amount is greater than $10,000, you will need a Civil lawsuit.
Once you file a lawsuit against Scott Michael Tassone, you will need to serve him papers. You have to the option to have the Orange County Sheriffs Department serve him for a small fee. The Defendant is required to reimburse the costs of filing and serving fees if the judge rules in your favor.
If the judge ruled in your favor and awarded judgment, here are some links on collection judgment:
One thing to note is that if Scott Michael Tassone fails to pay the judgment in a timely manner, you are entitled to collect 10% interest per year.
Filing Small Claim Lawsuit (SC-100):
Proof of Service (SC-104):
Wage Garnishment (WG-002):
Add Collection Costs and Interest (MC-012):
Q. If Scott Michael Tassone lists false addresses for his moving companies, then where does he actually reside?
A. He operates his residential moving companies from home. According to some employees under Scott's employ, the moving trucks were kept in a public storage facility in Long Beach.
Q. Is Scott Michael Tassone's residential moving operations licensed and insured?
A. Not at the time of writing.
Q. Where can I locate Scott Michael Tassone for serving court papers?
A. The address in the links below are correct at the time of writing.
Q. Can I garnish Scott Michael Tassone's wages?
A. Yes. Scott has appeared on the television series Storage Hunters. You can collect 25% from somebody's wages. The production company's contact information is as follows:
2121 Cloverfield Blvd. Suite #101
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Additionally, you can try contacting the individual who holds the license for the moving company Scott Michael Tassone is currently associated with, Big Dog Move Crew:
Peter James Ostrowski
826 Cornelle Ave
Albany, CA 94706
Q. Scott tends to claim he is a good husband and father whenever anybody makes accusations. Why is this?
A. This seems to be psychological tactics to gain sympathy. Something to note is that Scott appears to have been divorced twice. He filed for divorced from Laura Ann Tassone in 1993 and Tracey Yvonne Tassone in 1995.
Q. Scott offers his email address and phone number on websites so he can resolve dissatisfied customer issues. Is he really trying to help?
A. No. This is a PR stunt to pretend publicly he is resolving issues. In actuality, people that contact Scott receive promises to resolve issues, but Scott will generally never follow through.