Safeguard Your Freight Operations with Expert Strategies to Prevent Double Brokering Scams

Safeguard Your Freight Operations with Expert Strategies to Prevent Double Brokering Scams

Freight 360 By Freight 360

Welcome back to our Freight 360 blog, where we continue to empower freight brokers and logistics professionals with the knowledge they need to succeed and secure their operations. Following the success of last week’s post, “How to Identify Double Brokers,” we are excited to present the second installment of our educational series. This week, we focus on proactive strategies in “Secure Your Freight: Proven Strategies to Prevent Double Brokering Scams.”

Understanding the Threat

Double brokering occurs when a broker (licensed or fraudulent) re-brokers a load to another carrier without the original broker’s consent. This deceptive practice can lead to various complications, including financial losses and damaged reputations due to poor handling of shipments by unverified parties.

Strategies to Prevent Double Brokering

To combat these risks, we have compiled a list of effective strategies that every freight broker should consider:

  1. Utilize Carrier Vetting Software High-quality carrier vetting tools, like the Highway software platform, offer comprehensive insights into carriers’ histories, equipment, and current locations via ELD connections. These tools are invaluable in distinguishing trustworthy carriers from potential double brokers.
  2. Implement Mandatory GPS Tracking Require GPS tracking for the entire duration of the load to monitor the carrier’s precise location from start to finish. This simple requirement can deter scammers and provide real-time evidence of the carrier’s whereabouts.
  3. Verify Carriers at the Pickup Location Ask for photographic or video evidence from the carrier at the pickup location, showing detailed visuals of the equipment and the driver. Such measures help verify the authenticity of the carrier handling your load.
  4. Withhold Critical Load Information Protect your loads by withholding key details such as PO numbers or pickup information until the carrier’s identity and credentials are fully verified. This strategy ensures that only the right, vetted carrier receives the information necessary to proceed with the shipment.
  5. Leverage Technology like Quikskope Quikskope enhances security protocols by requiring carriers to send a real-time photo when they are within a specified geofence of the pickup or delivery locations. This technology uses character recognition to verify details and ensures that only verified carriers can access critical load information.


Implementing these strategies will significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to double brokering scams. Not only will these measures protect your operations, but they will also build greater trust with your shippers and partners. We encourage all our readers to watch the detailed video presentation, where Nate Cross walks you through these precautions step-by-step. For those looking to deepen their understanding of the freight brokerage industry, consider enrolling in our Freight Broker Basics Course.

Remember, the safety and reliability of your operations are paramount. By taking these proactive steps, you can secure your business against fraud and continue to grow in the competitive world of freight brokerage. We invite your feedback and experiences in the comments below, and look forward to continuing this conversation with more insights and tips in future posts. Check out more content on our YouTube channel.

Stay secure, and see you on the road!

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