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Are any other folks in California getting these calls? Please let me know at californiamoms@live.com.
California Mom
 Mar 16th, 2009
If you get a call from this number it is from Kidsfirst.org or Coalition for Children's Media in Sante Fe New Mexico. This is an organization that says it wants you to do a review of their movies and they are all about promoting good children's media but in fact they are really selling the movies for distributors who don’t want to pay for marketing. So they do it on the cheap and don't care how many folks it bothers. Check out how many movies they sell at this site, it is a lot. They use their non profit status to avoid telemarketing laws for the Federal Do Not Call Registry for telemarketeers. They also use an auto dialer which randomly calls with prerecorded messages from "John" who sounds real and confuses citizens and they do not identify themselves so if the call goes bad you won't know who it was to complain about. They use several numbers here are just a few:
617-245-9601
505-989-8076
505-247-1942
330-752-6187
202-747-7355
303-974-1804
505-225-5322
505-237-1942
505-382-6813
575-382-9984
877-700-6025
Google these numbers and you will see how many people are being harassed by this group on their new cell phones or home phones.
Call your state Attorney General's Office and make a formal complaint as well as the New Mexico Attorney General's Office. Also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov. I would just write up one short complaint and use it for all three. Once they see a pattern they will act. Kidsfirst is hoping that you the consumer and regulatory agencies don't put two and two together since they don't identify themselves. Also you can go to kidsfirst.org website and contact all the sponsors on their site and let them know how kidfirst has treated you and with their deceptive practices. They think they found a loop hole but they need to play fair and especially if they are using a children’s platform to hide behind. If they are legit then why do they need so many reviews? Why not use the reviews from folks who already bought movies? Did Siskel and Ebert sell the movies they reviewed? No, because it was a conflict of interest. Kidsfirst is well aware how this bothers folks and you can tell by what folks who post about their calls to Kidsfirst. They just don't care and why don't they just use the Do Not Call Registry if they are such a caring non profit? When you ask them who is funding this organization Ann Church the so called V.P. of Marketing referred me to their tax form. When I asked who was on their Board of Directors she referred me to their tax form. You may ask your state if they really consider this a non profit organization at all, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck then it is a duck (small business selling movies). Do they owe your state any type of taxes if they are hiding behind non profit veil and really operating like a small business? You should ask your state regulatory agencies. They talk the talk but when you peel the onion here they are just a thinly veiled marketing arm for movie distributors. Whether they support good media or bad media they are telemarketing and selling movies and should be a normal store front like others and have to abide by the same laws as the others and honor the Federal Do Not Call Registry. Is that really asking that much? Check to see if your state prohibits organization from using automatic random dialers with prerecorded messages that don’t identify who they are with no matter if they are a non profit or business entity.
Washington Mom
 Mar 11th, 2009
If you get a call from this number it is from Kidsfirst.org or Coalition for Children's Media in Sante Fe New Mexico. This is an organization that says it wants you to do a review of their movies and they are all about promoting good children's media but in fact they are really selling the movies for distributors who don’t want to pay for marketing. So they do it on the cheap and don't care how many folks it bothers. Check out how many movies they sell at this site, it is a lot. They use their non profit status to avoid telemarketing laws for the Federal Do Not Call Registry for telemarketeers. They also use an auto dialer which randomly calls with prerecorded messages from "John" who sounds real and confuses citizens and they do not identify themselves so if the call goes bad you won't know who it was to complain about. They use several numbers here are just a few:
617-245-9601
505-989-8076
505-247-1942
330-752-6187
202-747-7355
303-974-1804
505-225-5322
505-237-1942
505-382-6813
575-382-9984
877-700-6025
Google these numbers and you will see how many people are being harassed by this group on their new cell phones or home phones.
Call your state Attorney General's Office and make a formal complaint as well as the New Mexico Attorney General's Office. Also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov. I would just write up one short complaint and use it for all three. Once they see a pattern they will act. Kidsfirst is hoping that you the consumer and regulatory agencies don't put two and two together since they don't identify themselves. Also you can go to kidsfirst.org website and contact all the sponsors on their site and let them know how kidfirst has treated you and with their deceptive practices. They think they found a loop hole but they need to play fair and especially if they are using a children’s platform to hide behind. If they are legit then why do they need so many reviews? Why not use the reviews from folks who already bought movies? Did Siskel and Ebert sell the movies they reviewed? No, because it was a conflict of interest. Kidsfirst is well aware how this bothers folks and you can tell by what folks who post about their calls to Kidsfirst. They just don't care and why don't they just use the Do Not Call Registry if they are such a caring non profit? When you ask them who is funding this organization Ann Church the so called V.P. of Marketing referred me to their tax form. When I asked who was on their Board of Directors she referred me to their tax form. You may ask your state if they really consider this a non profit organization at all, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck then it is a duck (small business selling movies). Do they owe your state any type of taxes if they are hiding behind non profit veil and really operating like a small business? You should ask your state regulatory agencies. They talk the talk but when you peel the onion here they are just a thinly veiled marketing arm for movie distributors. Whether they support good media or bad media they are telemarketing and selling movies and should be a normal store front like others and have to abide by the same laws as the others and honor the Federal Do Not Call Registry. Is that really asking that much? Check to see if your state prohibits organization from using automatic random dialers with prerecorded messages that don’t identify who they are with no matter if they are a non profit or business entity.
Washington Mom
 Mar 11th, 2009
If you get a call from this number it is from Kidsfirst.org or Coalition for Children's Media in Sante Fe New Mexico. This is an organization that says it wants you to do a review of their movies and they are all about promoting good children's media but in fact they are really selling the movies for distributors who don’t want to pay for marketing. So they do it on the cheap and don't care how many folks it bothers. Check out how many movies they sell at this site, it is a lot. They use their non profit status to avoid telemarketing laws for the Federal Do Not Call Registry for telemarketeers. They also use an auto dialer which randomly calls with prerecorded messages from "John" who sounds real and confuses citizens and they do not identify themselves so if the call goes bad you won't know who it was to complain about. They use several numbers here are just a few:
617-245-9601
505-989-8076
505-247-1942
330-752-6187
202-747-7355
303-974-1804
505-225-5322
505-237-1942
505-382-6813
575-382-9984
877-700-6025
Google these numbers and you will see how many people are being harassed by this group on their new cell phones or home phones.
Call your state Attorney General's Office and make a formal complaint as well as the New Mexico Attorney General's Office. Also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov. I would just write up one short complaint and use it for all three. Once they see a pattern they will act. Kidsfirst is hoping that you the consumer and regulatory agencies don't put two and two together since they don't identify themselves. Also you can go to kidsfirst.org website and contact all the sponsors on their site and let them know how kidfirst has treated you and with their deceptive practices. They think they found a loop hole but they need to play fair and especially if they are using a children’s platform to hide behind. If they are legit then why do they need so many reviews? Why not use the reviews from folks who already bought movies? Did Siskel and Ebert sell the movies they reviewed? No, because it was a conflict of interest. Kidsfirst is well aware how this bothers folks and you can tell by what folks who post about their calls to Kidsfirst. They just don't care and why don't they just use the Do Not Call Registry if they are such a caring non profit? When you ask them who is funding this organization Ann Church the so called V.P. of Marketing referred me to their tax form. When I asked who was on their Board of Directors she referred me to their tax form. You may ask your state if they really consider this a non profit organization at all, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck then it is a duck (small business selling movies). Do they owe your state any type of taxes if they are hiding behind non profit veil and really operating like a small business? You should ask your state regulatory agencies. They talk the talk but when you peel the onion here they are just a thinly veiled marketing arm for movie distributors. Whether they support good media or bad media they are telemarketing and selling movies and should be a normal store front like others and have to abide by the same laws as the others and honor the Federal Do Not Call Registry. Is that really asking that much? Check to see if your state prohibits organization from using automatic random dialers with prerecorded messages that don’t identify who they are with no matter if they are a non profit or business entity.
Washington Mom
 Mar 11th, 2009
If you get a call from this number it is from Kidsfirst.org or Coalition for Children's Media in Sante Fe New Mexico. This is an organization that says it wants you to do a review of their movies and they are all about promoting good children's media but in fact they are really selling the movies for distributors who don’t want to pay for marketing. So they do it on the cheap and don't care how many folks it bothers. Check out how many movies they sell at this site, it is a lot. They use their non profit status to avoid telemarketing laws for the Federal Do Not Call Registry for telemarketeers. They also use an auto dialer which randomly calls with prerecorded messages from "John" who sounds real and confuses citizens and they do not identify themselves so if the call goes bad you won't know who it was to complain about. They use several numbers here are just a few:
617-245-9601
505-989-8076
505-247-1942
330-752-6187
202-747-7355
303-974-1804
505-225-5322
505-237-1942
505-382-6813
575-382-9984
877-700-6025
Google these numbers and you will see how many people are being harassed by this group on their new cell phones or home phones.
Call your state Attorney General's Office and make a formal complaint as well as the New Mexico Attorney General's Office. Also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov. I would just write up one short complaint and use it for all three. Once they see a pattern they will act. Kidsfirst is hoping that you the consumer and regulatory agencies don't put two and two together since they don't identify themselves. Also you can go to kidsfirst.org website and contact all the sponsors on their site and let them know how kidfirst has treated you and with their deceptive practices. They think they found a loop hole but they need to play fair and especially if they are using a children’s platform to hide behind. If they are legit then why do they need so many reviews? Why not use the reviews from folks who already bought movies? Did Siskel and Ebert sell the movies they reviewed? No, because it was a conflict of interest. Kidsfirst is well aware how this bothers folks and you can tell by what folks who post about their calls to Kidsfirst. They just don't care and why don't they just use the Do Not Call Registry if they are such a caring non profit? When you ask them who is funding this organization Ann Church the so called V.P. of Marketing referred me to their tax form. When I asked who was on their Board of Directors she referred me to their tax form. You may ask your state if they really consider this a non profit organization at all, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck then it is a duck (small business selling movies). Do they owe your state any type of taxes if they are hiding behind non profit veil and really operating like a small business? You should ask your state regulatory agencies. They talk the talk but when you peel the onion here they are just a thinly veiled marketing arm for movie distributors. Whether they support good media or bad media they are telemarketing and selling movies and should be a normal store front like others and have to abide by the same laws as the others and honor the Federal Do Not Call Registry. Is that really asking that much? Check to see if your state prohibits organization from using automatic random dialers with prerecorded messages that don’t identify who they are with no matter if they are a non profit or business entity.
Washington Mom
 Mar 11th, 2009
Called my mobile phone 2/23/09 - when asked how he got the number, said 'oh, we're just dialling randomly' or something to that effect. Let him give me the spiel for the Velveteen Rabbit, said no, I'm not going to see it, and hung up. Glad to see Verizon is going after them for calls to mobiles.
jgf
 Feb 27th, 2009
Verizon Wireless filed a lawsuit against the film company behind “The Velveteen Rabbit,” accusing it of illegal telemarketing practices.
Velveteen RabbitFeature Films for Families
Feature Films for Families’ “The Velveteen Rabbit”

The suit, filed late Tuesday, says Feature Films for Families made nearly 500,000 calls to Verizon Wireless customers from a 917 number. When answered, the caller played a recorded ad or read a script promoting the movie.

Feature Films used autodialers to barrage customers, placing nearly 11,000 calls from the same number in one hour on Feb. 13, the suit says. The [2] Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act includes protections against telemarketers’ use of autodialers, particularly for cellphone subscribers.

“We go after telemarketers with a vengeance,” said Jeffrey Nelson, a spokesman for the wireless carrier, a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone. “At the end of the day, customers are glad that we do this.”

It’s not uncommon for marketers to run afoul of privacy and do-not-call rules, but usually they stop when notified, he said. “This is one of those cases where that has not been enough,” he said, “and it just happens that it’s for a cute movie.”

Mr. Nelson added: “The issue here is not the content of the telemarketing calls — the issue is the telemarketing calls. It’s simply illegal.”

Feature Films for Families, based in Murray, Utah, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did the movie’s distributor, Los Angeles-based Family1 Films. Feature Films for Families specializes in G-rated fare, selling titles such as “Christy: Finding Faith” and “A Fairy Tale Christmas” on its Web site.

“The Velveteen Rabbit,” featuring voiceovers by Ellen Burstyn, Jane Seymour and Tom Skerritt, opens this weekend and will be released on DVD next month. But this telemarketing lawsuit isn’t an auspicious start. The most active discussion on its IMDb page is “[3] Anybody else getting cold-called for this film?”
JOHN
 Feb 26th, 2009
Called on my cell phone at 9:00am wanting me to go see Velveteen Rabbit the weekend of 2/27/09. Do not know why they called me or how they got my number. It is listed on the do not call register.
Sherri
 Feb 25th, 2009
this company called last night to advertise Velveteen Rabbit. Said I could use the $20 in tickets to get a DVD. Is this spam?
gina
 Feb 24th, 2009
Telemarketer called my cell and then my wife's 10 minutes later at 11:30pm. Both of our numbers are on the DNC list. FCC prohibits phone solicitations beyond 9pm local time. I will be submitting a complaint.
BC
 Feb 24th, 2009
The call was in re a new movie I was told. I asked where did they get my number they said they were randomly dialing numbers. I told them they called my cellphone and to loose my number and that was that.
Kay
 Feb 24th, 2009
Tuesday 9:00 A.M.This number called my cell phone and left no message. Number only, no name.
I am on the do not call list but I guess it doesn't work.
Lisa
 Feb 24th, 2009
This number called my cell phone repeatedly in the span of about 20 minutes. Each time, as soon as I would answer, they would hang up. When I would try to call the number back- it was busy. I am a teacher, so I guess the KidsFirst thing is logical, but gee!
Natalie
 Feb 24th, 2009
This JERK (recorded message) said "This is not a solicitation" then proceeded to solicit me "on behalf of the producers of a new movie" to buy tickets and see "The Velveteen Rabbit" and offered a credit towards movie DVDs in return for buying tickets. Also wanted to send my cell phone a link to some web site. By that time I was fed up and started saying "No" to everything. He was a total liar and fraud! It was a recorded message that asked questions, then acted on whether I said "yes" or "no." Since we had gotten the same call on our home phone, I initially said "yes" to confirm my suspicions that it was, indeed, BOGUS!!!
Raymond
 Feb 24th, 2009
I don't appreciate unsolicited calls to my cell. I am on the do not call registry. its very upsetting. I may have to change the number again to avoid this.
Tim
 Feb 24th, 2009
I don't appreciate unsolicited calls to my cell phone. I know I will NEVER recommend them, given their shoddy practice of calling at random.
Dennis
 Feb 23rd, 2009
This call went to my CELL!! John, something about a film or movie. Wanted 40 seconds of my time. I hung up.
Diane
 Feb 23rd, 2009
Usually I don't answer any number I don't recognize or which my cell doesn't resolve to a named entry, but I've been applying for a bunch of Federal jobs, so I answer anything with a 202 area code now. Missed this one at *8 in the morning*. Good thing, too--I'd have been royally pissed if I had jumped out of the shower to find a telemarketer on the other end.
Roy
 Feb 23rd, 2009
I received a call from this number too, also wanting me to go see the Velveteen Rabbit the weekend of Feb. 27.
Erica
 Feb 23rd, 2009
Wanted me to go see Velveteen Rabbit. No clue why I was called but offered me credits toward future dvd purchases equal to the ticket amt paid if I go see it Weekend of Feb 27.
P
 Feb 23rd, 2009
Recorded caller said name was John and had an important message about a film coming to our area. I hung up after that.
KJ
 Feb 21st, 2009
have recieved 2 calls . one from this # and also from 917-210-4609....left no messages but looked up both # and found kidsfirst.org
decide to go to kidsfirst.org and found big company sponsers for this org. and emailed the companies to complain that kidsfirst were violating no call registers. wonder now if they'll care.
db
 Feb 21st, 2009
Company selling films will pay $70,000 over No Call complaints in agreement obtained by Nixon

St. Louis, Mo. — Two companies that market and sell films will pay $70,000 to the state of Missouri and develop a detailed plan to ensure future compliance with the state's No Call law according to a settlement secured today by Attorney General Jay Nixon.

The assurance of voluntary compliance, filed today in St.Louis City Circuit Court, was the result of a lawsuit Nixon filed in March against Feature Films For Families Inc. of Murray, Utah, and the Dove Foundation of Grand Rapids, Mich., alleging the companies conspired in a scheme to evade state No Call laws. Telemarketers from the Dove Foundation claimed its status as a charitable organization provided them with an exemption to the Missouri No Call law. In reality, the Dove Foundation was using that status to solicit sales for Feature Films For Families, a for-profit organization that sells DVDs and videos. The Attorney General's No Call unit recovered almost 300 complaints about the calls.

“Companies such as these that look for new ways to circumvent our No Call law are another illustration of how effective our Missouri law is,” Nixon said. “We always have been, and will continue to be, vigilant in protecting Missouri's consumers from unwanted telemarketers and will swiftly take action when there is a violation of the law.”

According to the agreement, the Dove Foundation and Feature Films For Families must pay $70,000 to the state Merchandising Practices Revolving Fund and obey all merchandising practices and No Call laws in the future. The respondents must also provide the Attorney General's Office with a detailed plan of practices and procedures they will implement in their businesses to ensure compliance with the state No Call law. They have also agreed to subscribe to, and remain current with, the Missouri No Call database.

Any future violation of the agreement by the respondents could result in contempt of court proceedings and civil penalties of up to $2,000 per violation.
levy
 Feb 20th, 2009
This is kidsfirst.org a telemarketing company parading around like a non-profit to get away with calling numbers randomly so to avoid the National Do Not Call registry. Bascially they work for movie distributors and they send you these movies to get reviews but actually they are sending them to you to let you try them out to see if you will buy them. Here are some other numbers you may want to google and see how upset folks are with them 330-752-6187 or 617-245-9601 or 505-989-8076. They also don't identify themselves and John is a recording and that is why he talks over your questions and hangs up on you. Not a very nice Christian group (kidsfirst.org) that is pulling this. Please contact their sponsors on their website to apply pressure to get them to do the right thing and at least do not call folks on the Do Not Call list.
cndnc
 Feb 04th, 2009
I recieved a call from them on my cell phone. I tried to explain they were illegally calling a cell phone and they started talking over me and didn't care!

I am filing a complaint with the WA state attorney general's office
Me
 Nov 14th, 2008
didn't recognize the number. called on my cell phone. Left no message.
deb
 Nov 12th, 2008
Called my phone and my daughter phones which are on the do not call list (cellular phones). I called it back and I couldn't understand what company it was but I hung up because they wanted me to hold for an operator.
Chris
 Nov 08th, 2008
called my cell phone- I asked them where they got my cell phone #-wouldn't answer me. All he kept saying was they weren't selling anything. I told him I didn't care & he'd called a # registered on the DO NOT CALL list. Told him to delete my # from his company's calling list NOW. Response-well we didn't know.
Nebraska
 Nov 07th, 2008
They called my husband's cell phone but he was driving and didn't recognize the number, so he didn't answer. I called it back on my phone and rang about 6 times then went to some kind of recording saying my call would be answered in the order it was received. Didn't say who they were.
K
 Nov 07th, 2008
I just got that call. thinking from some phishing shit
Adrian
 Nov 06th, 2008
Number only, no name, no msg left
eXpReSs
 Nov 05th, 2008
Unsolicited call to my cell phone at 5:30am pacific time. I know they're in a different time zone, but I still wouldn't have answered for anyone at 8:30am. In addition, my cell number is on the do not call list.
Mizuko
 Nov 04th, 2008
I pulled up Kids First on the web. They are located out of New Mexico. I called the number on the web page Tel.: 505.989.8076. The representative did confirm they have volunteers calling offering free videos to be reveiwed. They are a non profit organization, for more information visit there website www.kidsfirst.org .
California
 Nov 04th, 2008
i hate when people call me randomly
portia
 Nov 04th, 2008
Received a call on 11/3/08 at 8:00 a.m. in regards to some free videos from a Kid's First company. Told the guy no thanks and reported the number to the national do not call list registry.
Jon
 Nov 04th, 2008
Gentleman from "Kids First" called asking if we would be willing to review two kids videos; said there was no catch. I asked how much it would cost, he said "no", and said they would send them out in a white padded envelope and all we had to do is watch at least one and respond to their follow-up call. They didn't even know if I had kids and had to ask. I decided to be agreeable and shared my info. with them. I asked how they got my number and he said they were calling random numbers across the nation. When I tried to comment further he cut me off and ended the call. Friendly, but I still felt uneasy. I looked up the number a few hours later and found this site. I also Googled "Kids First".
Vegas Dad
 Nov 04th, 2008
Gentleman from "Kids First" called asking if we would be willing to review two kids videos; said there was no catch. I asked how much it would cost, he said "no", and said they would send them out in a white padded envelope and all we had to do is watch at least one and respond to their follow-up call. They didn't even know if I had kids and had to ask. I decided to be agreeable and shared my info. with them. I asked how they got my number and he said they were calling random numbers across the nation. When I tried to comment further he cut me off and ended the call. Friendly, but I still felt uneasy. I looked up the number a few hours later and found this site. When I Googled "Kids First", I found: http://www.kidsfirst.org/
Vegas Dad
 Nov 04th, 2008
he called offering free videos. i asked how he got my number and they said they computer dialed randomly. then i asked who he was and he said "kids First". Whenever I asked a question, he repeated the same spiel. I had to repeat my question. He said it was an org that sent out videos to be reviewed and he would love to send us videos for free. Then I asked again how he got my number because he called an unlisted number. I also said i was hesitant to give my address out as I did not want a bunch of junk mail. Also, that I was more than likely a dead end since I was not going to give any info unless I got more. He hung up.
adriana
 Nov 04th, 2008
called my cell phone.. i didnt answer cuz i didnt know the number
Amanda
 Nov 03rd, 2008
Received a call from this one a couple days ago. He said he were from Kid First (or something like that--I don't recall EXACTLY what he said); they got as far as "we're a non-profit organization" before I interrupted the spiel, by stating that I was on a cell phone.
The guy shut right up, but now I need to look and see if those calls are even legal.
Anon
 Nov 01st, 2008
No message, no caller ID. Called on both my cell phone and my husbands.
Nebraska
 Nov 01st, 2008
No caller ID, left no message
Peter
 Oct 31st, 2008
called unlisted cell phone asking if i wanted free videos
me
 Oct 29th, 2008

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