Alief, Texas (PressExposure) March 20, 2009 -- Several years ago, the Federal government created the Do Not Call list to allow consumers to prevent telemarketers from soliciting them by phone. However, the list has its limitations. Many types of telemarketers try to get around the rules or ignore the rules altogether because of lax enforcement by the FTC. Unfortunately for consumers, technology now allows telemarketers and other unwanted callers from blocking their name from caller ID. Even though the telephone number may appear, most consumers have no clear way of connecting that number to a company so the calls continue.
A new service launched in 2008 allows consumers to beat the telemarketers at their own game. This free reverse phone directory offers individuals a way to identify those callers and to share information about the companies making the call. By providing a free reverse phone directory specifically designed to empower consumers who are tired of having their privacy invaded by unwanted callers, CallCatalog.com (www.callcatalog.com) provides a much needed solution to a growing problem.
While the main focus of the company if the free reverse phone directory, the creators also wanted to provide consumers with a method of learning more about their rights and about the latest developments in privacy protection and telemarketing regulations. For example, individuals who want to know what steps to take to end harassing phone calls can visit the site and find three options available, including making complaints with the FTC and the FCC. Links to the complaint forms are also available.
But the site is more than just a free reverse phone directory. Because individuals are free to share their own stories, they are able to help one another identify the source of these calls. People enter the phone number associated with the harassing calls then can read the comments left by others who've experienced similar calls. For example, one site member might provide details about what happened when he or she called the company back. This invaluable information can help consumers discern the difference between scam calls, debt collectors, and telemarketing calls. A distinction not always easy to make based on the call alone.
CallCatalog.com began in 2008 with one goal in mind: helping consumers stop unwanted calls. The minds behind the site decided the best way to accomplish this goal was developing a free reverse phone directory that worked by combining consumers' knowledge and allowing others to learn from one another's experiences. Just as one individual might tell a co-worker about a harassing phone call, that individual can now tell millions of other people. By spreading the work and by publicizing information about the companies behind these calls, the founders of CallCatalog.com hope to make the telephone a source of pleasant conversation not of dreaded mechanized voices and impersonal computerized messages.