Kids.com (JustOurKids.com)
Child Model Search Scam


To Whom It May Concern:

I am interested in finding out any information you haved about this company before putting out the $600.00 to have my child put on their website.

Thank you,


To Whom It May Concern:

We need to know if this company is scamming us. We put money down, and then someone said they are just trying to scam us.

Thank you !

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To Whom It May Concern:

We had to pay AdKids.net $595 up front for photograph fees for the next 5yrs. We are able to cancel before three business days. It seems okay, but are we suppose to pay photograph fees up front? This agency sent me a letter in the mail and I never inquired about them. The company is Ad Kids located in Chicago at 4801 W Peterson.

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IT'S A SCAM. IT'S THE SAME SCAM AS KIDS.COM. THE PEOPLE AT AD KIDS USED TO WORK AT KIDS.COM AND COPIED THEM. IT'S A COPYCAT SCAM.

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To Whom It May Concern:

I was recently contacted by Kids.com modeling agency in Fairfield, NJ. They did a telephone interview & would like to see my child on Thursday after taking a telephone screening. They told me to bring recent photos of my baby & that the interview would be anywhere from 5 minutes to 1 hour & that both parents had to be present.

I asked if any fees were involved and they told me that if I wished to do "everything" on my own, there wasn't a fee; but if they took the pictures it would be $595.

I immediately thought it was a scam.

Do you have any info on this company? Their address is 343 Passaic ave, Fairfield, NJ 07004. Their website is www.justourkids.com Please e-mail me with any info you have.

Thank you,

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To Whom It May Concern:

Kids.com promised they would find modeling work for my son. I paid them a large sum of money. However, I have not received any work for my son. They are requesting more money. Can you tell me if I can get my money back.

Thank you so much,

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To Whom It May Concern:

I received an "invitation" letter only six months after my baby was born! Somehow they knew that and invited us to "be evaluated" by them. My husband and I went to meet them and after a very hard sell, we declined because they pressured us give them our credit card, and "Cory" was very rude! She did not give us her last name.

The amount they charge people is $595—their standard contract. We looked at the contract at when we were in their office. However, they would NOT allow us to take it home and think about—BIG RED FLAG there!

I contacted local media and WCCO in Minneapolis is going to do a story on them next month. I have also contacted the state's Attorney General. They said they would "look into it."

I have misplaced that letter and the TV station would like a copy of it to go in and "interview" with Kids.com. I can't locate anyone else around here who has one, but am still looking. WCCO would like very much to get a story out there to warn vulnerable parents about Kids.com. I would too! I hope someone can get to the bottom of this. I know a lot of people here, and nationwide, feel ripped-off and angry.

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December 1, 2003

Alfred C. Bagwell
President
Kids.com LLC
343 Passaic Avenue
Fairfield, NJ 07004

Mr. Bagwell:

The BBB of Trenton has classified your company as a modeling/talent
agency. As you may know by now, modeling/talent agencies in New Jersey must have an employment agency license. Do you have an employment agency license? What is your employment agency license number?

Last year New Jersey reaffirmed its commitment to the state employment laws in the New Jersey Regulated Business Statutes and Regulations which define an employment agency as any person who books jobs or acts as a placement firm or is a management service for job seekers.

Your website referred to Kids.com LLC as having "assignment
coordinators" who respond to "every placement request." NJ law defines an employment agency as a person who "acts as a placement firm."

http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/reg/rb.htm

If you respond to "every placement request," are you not acting as a
"placement firm"?

The law also says a company needs an employment agency license if they"assist in procuring or obtaining employment for a job seeker." If, as your website claims, Kids.com LLC "assignment coordinators" get 2,000 calls per week, what exactly do they do besides "assist in procuring or obtaining employment for a job seeker"?

Before anyone gets carried away and thinks you're operating an
unlicensed employment/booking/placement/management agency and reports you to the Attorney General of New Jersey for charging upfront fees in violation of Prohibited acts (34:8-52. f.): "Accept payment of a fee or attempt to collect any fee for a service rendered or product sold where employment has not been accepted," because of your infamous $595 contract for five years, why don't you explain how you could possibly not fall within the legal definition of an employment agency and are not breaking the law by charging
upfront fees?

cc: Albert Pellegrino, President, BBB New Jersey
Jon Sorensen, New York Consumer Protection Board

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We have met with and discussed our business model with both the BBB of New Jersey as well as the Division of Consumer Affairs and they have both determined that we are not an agency and therefore we are not violating any existing laws within the state of New Jersey.

The BBB has classified us under the Modeling/Talent agency title because they do not have a classification for Personal Management companies.

If you would like to discuss this further, we would be happy to answer your questions. Please contact our offices in Fairfield, NJ at 1-973-575-7300.

Larry Bagwell, CEO, Kids.com

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TO WHOM DID YOU SPEAK AT THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND WHAT IS HIS/HER NUMBER? WHEN WAS THIS MEETING YOU CLAIM TOOK PLACE?

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To Whom It May Concern:

I am attempting to collect my money back from Kids.com. I paid them upfront money totaling $595. Could you give me some advice and I will fill you in on the details then?

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To Whom It May Concern:

I just found your site while looking for information on these letters we got in the mail from Kids.com and Elen's Kids Modeling & Talent Managment.

At no point was I seriously considering them, especially not when two nearly identical letters arrived within a week of each other. But I thought I'd check the Web to see what the scam was and sure enough, I found your pages.

On one of your pages someone has posted they're still looking for copies of the letters Kids.com sends out; I have two right here, if anyone wants them.

I can scan 'em and e-mail 'em (or leave them on a Website somewhere) or I can send photocopies through the actual mail, if anyone is still interested.

It's amusing how close the letters are without being quite identical.

Thanks for your informative Website. This is what the Internet is all about.

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To Whom It May Concern:

I don't know if I am writing to the correct place, but a few months ago my husband and I signed a 5-year contract with JustOurKids.com and had to pay over $500 for their services of the website.

This is the first time reading your article and I am shocked and hurt. My daughter is very photogenic and I have been told many times that she should go into modeling.

Thinking that she might have a good chance, we signed her with the above named company. Now I am confused, because we trusted them. Just recently we selected the picture to be sent to Justourkids.com so our daughter's picture isn't on the website yet.

What do I do now? I am totally confused.

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