Working with Dolphin can feel like swimming with the sharks

With jobs being hard to find in this economy, many people turn to Staffing Agencies for assistance.  This can be a wonderful way to assist you in your search for that next job, but remember, not all staffing agencies are the same.  We have heard reports of one in particular which has caused a lot of stress and anxiety in the lives of people.
 
Dolphin Staffing
17 Washington Ave. N., Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55401
 
612-338-7581
 
We would summarize the majority of the issues reported to us about Dolphin Staffing as poor customer service type issues.  They would include
 
Not returning phone calls or emails
Not providing paperwork/documentation in a timely manner
Calling employees repeatedly, to the point of harassment, when they take a sick day
Telling employees that it is okay for them to take a sick day, unless they are using it to look for employment
Errors in paychecks
 
If you have additional information on this staffing agency, please feel free to post it here.
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Consumer Federation of America

This Press Release was from May 27, 2009

http://www.consumerfed.org/pdfs/Fake_Check_PR_5-27-09.pdf

 

CFA Task Force Aims to “Tear Up” Fake Check Scams

 

Survey Shows Over a Million Consumers are Being Swindled

 

Washington DC – Today, the Consumer Federation of America is launching a national campaign to combat fake check scams.  Millions of consumers are lured into accepting genuine-looking checks and money orders and wiring money to crooks in return.  According to the results of a CFA survey, nearly one third of adults have been approached with fake check scams and at least 1.3 million have become actual victims. With an average loss of $3,000 to $4,000 per consumer, billions of dollars have been pocketed by fake check scammers. “In today’s economy, as consumers struggle to make ends meet, vulnerability is at an all-time high. Phony claims of sudden riches or ways to make money have never been more attractive,” said Susan Grant, CFA’s Director of Consumer Protection. CFA created a Fake Check Task Force to help raise awareness about these scams and protect consumers.

 

The telephone survey of 2,000 adults conducted for CFA by Opinion Research Corporation December 4-8, 2008 revealed that the most common fake check scams are those involving sweepstakes/lotteries (66 percent), grants (36 percent) and work-at-home opportunities (35 percent). In the sweepstakes and grant scenarios, the consumer receives a check or money order with instructions to wire a portion of the money to pay taxes or administrative fees. In the phony job offers, consumers are asked to process payments for a foreign business or make purchases as a mystery shopper and wire the remaining money to their employer minus their “pay.” Another popular variation of the scam is the “overpayment,” where the scammer offers to buy something the consumer has advertised for sale, sends a check or money order for more than the asking price, and tells the consumer to wire the extra to someone who will arrange for shipping.  

 

         “The check or money order is phony, and so is the person’s story,” explained Grant. “Unfortunately, the consumer usually doesn’t learn that until after sending the money.”  Federal law requires financial institutions to give consumers access to the money from checks or money orders they deposit quickly, usually within 1-5 business days, but just because funds are available doesn’t mean the check or money order is good. It may take weeks for the counterfeit to be discovered. When it is, the consumer is on the hook to repay the bank, credit union, or check cashing service.

 

Compounding the problem is consumer misunderstanding. Fifty-nine percent of the respondents in CFA’s survey incorrectly believe that when you deposit a check or money order, your bank confirms that it is good before allowing you to withdraw the money. The number goes up to 70 percent among young adults age 18-24, and 71 percent of people with incomes under $25,000 and who did not complete high school. More than 40 percent of those surveyed do not know that they are liable if the checks or money orders they deposit or cash are counterfeit. Fifty-two percent age 18-24 and half of Hispanics incorrectly said the person who gave you the check must pay the bank back.

 

Another factor is the fact that the scammers are hard to pursue. They often operate from Canada and other foreign countries, making it more difficult for U.S. law enforcement agencies to bring legal action against them, and they cover their tracks by picking up the money in cash and using phony identification.

 

Created in May 2008, CFA’s Fake Check Task Force brings nonprofit consumer organizations, law enforcement and consumer protection agencies, financial service companies, and other businesses and trade associations together to fight these scams through greater education and awareness. The campaign has several elements, including new information in English and Spanish about grant and mystery shopping scams on the National Consumers League’s www.fakechecks.org Web site and an ecard on the site that consumers can send to warn others about fake check scams. At www.consumerfed.org/fakecheckscams there are several new CFA resources for consumer education including a fact sheet and ready-to-use news articles in English and Spanish, and links to other materials.

 

The CFA Fake Check Task Force has also developed training materials about fake check scams for financial service companies and law enforcement and consumer protection agencies.  They explain how these scams work, suggest strategies for preventing victimization, offer advice about how to help victims, and provide resources for investigations and public education. These materials are not intended for the general public.

Consumer Tips to “Tear Up” Fake Check Scams

 

·  Never agree to pay to claim a prize. No legitimate sweepstakes or lottery would ever send you a check or money order and ask you to send payment in return. If you really won, you would pay taxes directly to the government.

 

·  Never agree to pay for grants from the government or foundations. They don’t offer money to people unexpectedly or charge to get it. Most grants go to organizations, not individuals, and require a lengthy and extensive application process. See new tips on grant scams at http://www.fakechecks.org/prevention-faqs04.html

 

·  Never agree to cash checks and send the money somewhere as part of a job working from home. That is not how legitimate employers operate. See new tips on mystery shopping scams at http://www.fakechecks.org/prevention-faqs05.html

 

·  Never agree to wire money to anyone you have not met in person and known for a long time.

 

·  If it seems suspicious, get advice. Consult your state or local consumer protection agency, the Federal Trade Commission, the Postal Inspection Service, or another trusted source.

 

·  Remember that there is no legitimate reason why anyone who wants to give you a check or money order for something would ever ask you to send money anywhere in return. Go to www.fakechecks.org to learn more about how to protect yourself from fake check scams.

Looking for volunteers

We are looking for volunteers for upcoming projects with ScamVictimsUnited.com.  Please let us know if you are interested and have a background in any of the following areas, as these will be useful to some of the projects.

                        Fundraising

                        Non-Profits

                        Law Enforcement

                        Consumer Protection

                        Graphic Design

                        Video Production

                        Marketing/Promotion

                        PSA

                        Law

                        Lobbying

                        Banking

                        Financial Education

                        Grant Writing

“Porn name” scam

I guess there is a new scam going around.  It is in the form of a Twitter “game” (I am sure that Facebook will have a version soon too) where you are asked to post your “porn name”.  It tells you that your porn name is a combination of your pet’s name, the street you live on and your mother’s maiden name.  Well, this is also the same info many people use as their passwords or the security question for people’s bank accounts so if you post it then you have given out that private info and people could get into your accounts.

 

Be careful!

You can help!

You can help to spread the word about scams and fraud. 

Tell others about the site!

Help keep this site running for everyone to use for free!

This website is free for all to use, and my husband and I run it out of our own pockets, so any cash donations that anyone would like to make will help us to keep this site up and running and FREE for all to use. With a donation of over $20, we will send you a ScamVictimsUnited.com window decal that you can put in your car window, and then you can help to spread the word every where that you go!

Connect with us on social networking sites!

If you go to this link, you can find all of the sites we are currently on.  http://www.retaggr.com/page/ShawnMosch

These are all ways that you can help to fight scams and to spread the word about scam awareness.