It all began on January 30, 2011 – the phone rang for the 4th time within an hour and it was one and the same company that tried to trick me over and over again.
Until then, I had actually taken these calls with fun. Sometimes I have gone through in order to learn which sales tactics these companies use. Sometimes I just hung up.
But on that day it was just too much for me. I wanted to know if those guys bothered anyone else, and if they did – who, why and how many. Without further ado, I registered the domain nummer-index.de and put the following question as a blog post online:
Who was called from the phone number XXX?
The next day, the surprise: More than 100 comments solely on this post. I obviously was not the only one…
What followed was a journey into the world of call centers, lottery subscriptions and phone pranks and an incredible success story of the portal Nummer-Index.de. After several years as leaders in the field in Germany, we used our experience and decided to go international. Our first step – Number-Index.com, a reverse phone lookup system for North American Numbering Plan (NANP). With more than 15,000 numbers in the system after only several months of operation it is clear that we are here to stay and to help you fight back.
What is our goal?
Number-Index.com is a Web 2.0 platform where users can report, discuss and rate phone numbers and phone calls. We use this information, process it using advanced methods and create an ordered blacklist of fake phone numbers. This way we help you discriminate between real, important calls and fake, malicious ones.
United under one banner and one simple motto – “Strength in unity” – we motivate you, our users to help us and each other, to fight back telemarketers, harassers, criminals.
How can you help?
Did you receive a harassing call? Share your experience with us. Every input is important and represents a step forward in our fight for our phone lines.
What are our plans for the future?
Soon we will offer you an iPhone app that will make it even easier for you to block unwanted calls. We will also expand our services worldwide.
Currently Number-Index.com is served by 3 employees, they check comments daily, create content and make sure that everything runs smoothly. But, our most important contributors are you, our end-users. Without you none of this would be possible. Thank you for helping us fight telephone crime.