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*Despite having been asked by his organization to not call*, should read, Despite having asked this organization to not call ... i.e. they continue to make unwanted solicitations.
Agnes
 May 07th, 2011
Despite having been asked by his organization to not call, they continue to call. The calls come through despite being on the National Do NOT CALL registry. TELLING these people to stop calling is useless.
Agnes
 May 07th, 2011
was an automated message that answers based on your response.
earl
 Aug 18th, 2010
This is an old posting on State of CT website, but it talks about FOP... don't know if all still applies, or not...

Telephone Solicitation Raises Consumers' Questions

February 10, 1997

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Consumer Protection Commissioner Mark A. Shiffrin said today they have received an unusually high number of consumer inquiries regarding a professional telemarketing campaign currently being conducted to raise money for the Connecticut Fraternal Order of Police.

In just over a month ending February 6, 1997, Blumenthal and Shiffrin received 51 calls from consumers. Twenty-one of the calls came in during just four days, from February 3, 1997 through February 6, 1997.

The Connecticut Fraternal Order of Police is not affiliated with any municipal police department, union, police benevolent association or police activities league.

The organization, headquartered in New Haven, is using a paid solicitor, Civic Development Group of Hopelawn, New Jersey, to conduct a telephone campaign that is scheduled to continue through March 24, 1997. According to the contract, the Connecticut Fraternal Order of Police will receive a minimum of 15 percent of the money collected in its name. The remaining 85 percent will be kept by Civic Development Group.

"Consumers should be aware that they are not talking to a police officer when they receive a call from Civic Development Group on behalf of this organization. They also should be aware that if they make a donation, none of that money will go to help their local police departments," Blumenthal said. "I am encouraged by the large number of calls we have received regarding this campaign. It shows that consumers are heeding our warnings to be alert and seek information before they give."

"This is a good example of why we urge consumers to check with our Charities Unit before they commit their generous donations to unknown solicitors. Often consumers have never heard of the caller and do not know how much of their charity dollar will actually end up with the intended charity," said Commissioner Shiffrin. The Public Charities Unit is a joint program of the Attorney General's Office and the state Department of Consumer Protection. The Public Charities Unit has received inquiries from consumers in at least 30 communities who had received calls seeking donations.

Among the towns where residents are being solicited are: Ansonia, Bridgeport, Bristol, Canaan, Chester, Danielson, East Hartford, East Haven, Enfield, Essex, Farmington, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, New Haven, New Milford, Niantic, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Rockville, Salem, Sherman, Stamford, Torrington, Uncasville, Vernon, Waterford, Willimantic, Woodbury, and Wolcott.

The state filed a lawsuit against Civic Development Group in 1994, alleging that the company violated the law when its employees failed to disclose to potential donors that they were being paid to solicit contributions for the Uniformed Professional Firefighters of Connecticut. Without admitting liability, Civic Development Group settled the lawsuit in 1995 by paying a $40,000 penalty and agreed and to establish a "do not call" list, on which donors can have their names placed on request.

The Connecticut Fraternal Order of Police is registered with the state's Public Charities Unit. During the fiscal year ended December 31, 1995, the organization reported total revenue of $724,515. During the same period it reported spending $26,426 or 4.08 percent on programs (the purposes for which it was formed), $20,069 (or 3.18 percent) on management and general expenses and $600,852 (or 92.74 percent) on fundraising costs.

The organization reported that of the $26,426 it spent on programs, it spent $1,725 on donations to other charitable programs; $9,234 on travel and expenses for officers to attend seminars and conventions; $10,087 on DWI education; and $5,380 on a "Fun Day with the Police" community program.

Blumenthal and Shiffrin offered the following tips for consumers who receive telemarketing solicitations:

Make sure you understand which organization wants your money. Police departments do not solicit money over the telephone, but some police unions do.
Ask for specific information about how your donation will be used.
Ask where your donation will be used, especially if you prefer your donation to be used locally.
Ask who you are talking to. Get the name and write it down. If you're called by a police union, don't be fooled into thinking you are talking to a police officer.
Ask the caller if he or she is being paid to make the call. Connecticut law requires paid solicitors to tell you this, but don't count on them volunteering the information.
Ask what percentage of your donation the organization will receive.
Never agree over the phone to donate. Always ask for written information and read the material thoroughly.
Always donate by check, never with cash.
T
 Jul 23rd, 2010
I just wish that they'd leave a message. But they just call endlessly.
J. Borges
 Jul 20th, 2010
THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE GROUP ON THIS PAGE< BUT IT IS ABOUT ANOTHER POLICE GROUP>

THIS IS OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN ABOUT POLICE FIRE VETERAN"S AND CHILDREN'S CHARITIES. It can happen anywhere and when it does we would love to hear from you.

As for the group on this page, it would be a good idea to let your fundraiser know we are out here and now you know that we are looking at them too. I would not let them misrepresent because the first time they do and we catch them, it's all over with but the crying.

Officer Down Foundation,

This is a message from Rev. James revjames@pfcl.org of the Holy Land Spiritual Church Inc. in Maryland and its integrated auxiliary Police Fire Crimeline (The Badge Fraud Tip Reporting Hotline) www.badgefraud.org

I am only going to tell you this one time. Don't you dare come out here on to this or any other board and try to say you are trying to help fallen police officers. You are not trying to help anyone but yourselves. You think I am going to let you talk to these people who are trying to protect themselves from you in that condescending manner. Let me see if I can explain this to your two week on the job backside. Officer Down Foundation's program is to teach Crisis Chaplaincy to Chaplains, it is not to provide benefits to the families of officers killed, they only pitch that because their real program would not get them one single donation, and every time you say they are providing benefits to families of officers killed it is a lie and a misrepresentation and is potentially criminally actionable against you personally as well as your bosses David Fair, Paul Kutac, Phil Leconte and David Deriks.

I will bet you did not know that those are the same group of guys that run the Police Protective Fund and American Association of Police Officers and the Junior Police Academy. These men are so honest and hard working that even after several states sued the pants off of them they had to go out and start another identical fake charity. Remember "Operation False Charity"? Yeah, wow, they were part of it, and now look at who has come to defend them and their new carbon copy of the Multi State proven fraud the Police Protective Fund and by extension The Crisis Chaplin Project.

You, a person that I already know has maybe 2 weeks experience on the phone. I am going to offer you some sage advice from one of your elders in what is left of that industry. GET A NEW JOB! This one is about to disappear.

Now, you have called into 6 of my 50 states and misrepresented yourselves, Maryland, Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee and North Carolina and that is a problem for your organization because that is where my organization is located and our mission is to protect charitable dollars specifically raised in the name of Officers Killed in the Line of Duty. Now let me tell you what my organization does. We search out and report fraudulent Police Fire Veteran's and Children's Charities and their professional fundraisers. We protect the money of the people who protect us.

If anyone reading this wants to help with a donation for us to keep going after these scams, feel free to email me and lets talk. revjames@pfcl.org And unlike David Fair attempting to claim 501 c3 status before it is granted, Churches, like the Holy Land Spiritual Church in the United States are granted automatic 501 c3 status so you know you can deduct your donation from your taxes when the law allows.

We also recruit former professional police fundraisers as volunteers to help us go after groups like yours and you would be welcome to join us as well. And we always want to hear any tips on fraudulent activity in public safety charities so we can report them too. The days of diverting money from non profits and charities that really give their money to the families of officers killed in the line of duty, are OVER!

What a coincidence that would be huh? A church and a Minster going after a Chaplain, I would say God called one of us and the other has a big problem not just on earth, but after life too.

Do you know how much easier our job would be if your Officer Down Foundation did not exist?

I am not the kind of minister you are probably familiar with that gets up on Sunday morning to preach about Fire and Brimstone. I am the kind of minister that BRINGS Fire and Brimstone to your doorstep.

See the problem for your organization is that because of your fraudulent activity, you are making us expend our donor’s money to investigate you because you see, that is what OUR donors (Holy Land Spiritual Church) gave their money too and they knew full well that they were giving their money for us to go after groups like yours.

That would be the exact opposite of your group where the donor’s think they are giving to the families of officers killed in the line of duty but what you dont tell them is that the money they donate is really going to David Fair's personal mission of this "Crisis Chaplain" concept.

Well if you did not know we existed before I am not surprised, they never tell you phone jockey's anything, but you are about to know we exist now.

It is our duty and responsibility to protect our donor’s money and the only way for us to do that in the case of the Officer Down Foundation is for them to shut down voluntarily or we must sue the pants off of your group until you are ended. Oh and that is not all you have to look forward too, in North Carolina where you are calling, what you are doing is considered to be a class H felony.

GET A NEW JOB! THE FREE RIDE IS OVER! WE ARE COMING TO SHUT YOU DOWN!

Sincerely,

Rev. James
Holy Land Spiritual Church
Police Fire Crimeline
Badge Fraud Detective Investigations Inc.
5409 Deale Churchton Road #202
Churchton, MD 20733
revjames@pfcl.org
www.badgefraud.org or www.pfcl.org
Tip Line 877-FRAUD97 (tips only)
http://policefirecrimeline.crimestoppersweb.com/ (submit online tips)
202-470-3209 (Church Office)

OUR AUTHORITY

Liviticus 6-2 to 6-5

6:2
When any of you sin and commit a trespass against the Lord by deceiving a neighbor in a matter of a deposit or a pledge, or by robbery, or if you have defrauded a neighbor,

6:3
or have found something lost and lied about it—if you swear falsely regarding any of the various things that one may do and sin thereby—

6:4
when you have sinned and realize your guilt, and would restore what you took by robbery or by fraud or the deposit that was committed to you, or the lost thing that you found,

6:5
or anything else about which you have sworn falsely, you shall repay the principal amount and shall add one-fifth to it. You shall pay it to its owner when you realize your guilt.


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Rev James
 Jun 19th, 2010
Please see postings using 213-713-2666
Runner
 Jun 02nd, 2010
GOOD NEWS and BAD NEWS. Blocking 203-713-2666 is the good news. Bad news is that the CT FOP uses a block of numbers, i.e. the same 203-713, but several line numbers. In addition to 2666, my Caller ID has shown: 2670, 2673, 2676 and 2679. While I have AT&T, it only allows me to block up to six numbers. Since I already use it to block three other callers...... well, back to square one.
A possible solution however might be to try this method using the # button on your phone. When your Caller ID shows CT FOP 203-713 26xx, answer it and immediately start hitting your # button 8 or 9 times then hang up. I'm told that this is suppose to confuse the auto-dialer machine, and it kicks your number out of their system.
Of course the best thing to do is not answer the phone when CT FOP 203-713 26xx calls. May the memory of "Old Ma Bell" be in your thoughts throughout the day.
Runner
 Jun 02nd, 2010
I close my summer place at the end of October but do leave one phone plugged in (no ans machine). This group called 3/18, 3/26, 4/7, 4/21, 4/30, 5/11, & 5/28. Guess they don't get the idea that no one is home. Caller ID - CT FOP. Can't wait for their next call so I can tell them where to jump and how high they need to go. Several numbers were used as well - 203-713-2666, 2670, 2673, 2676, 2679.
cf ct
 May 28th, 2010
Actually, it's worse than I thought. According to the Connecticut Public Charities Unit, in 2006 (the latest year for which numbers are available) the telemarketer for the Connecticut State Fraternal Order of Police raised $1,548,424.00, of which only $391,026.00, or 25.25%, actually went to the Fraternal Order of Police.

Source: http://www.ct.gov/dcp/lib/dcp/pdf/charities/2006_tables.pdf
Still Bored
 May 28th, 2010
This is a telemarketing firm attempting to raise money for the Connecticut chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. I read elsewhere that the telemarketer keeps 70% of the money.

Also, the previous comment references their web site as ctstatefop.com; this is incorrect. The actual web site is ctstatefop.org, although having visited the site I don't see any compelling reason to go there.
Bored
 May 28th, 2010
They never leave a message, and just keep calling.
GW
 Apr 07th, 2010
I believe this is a voice recognition system and not a live person doing the soliciting.
lark
 Apr 02nd, 2010
This phone number is calling to do fund raising for the Connecticut State Fraternal Order of Police. I have called the number. It directs you to a customer service department that can answer questions, help you donate, or anything else related to the FOP. Also, there’s information on www.ctstatefop.com, you can contact them there with any questions or requests.
The FOP is doing a lot of really great things for Connecticut police officers and the people that call are trying to help them raise money so they can do even more good.
snow
 Mar 31st, 2010

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