Robocall Watch Mission Statement

Robocalls steal our time, and many of them steal money as well. In April 2015, Dr. Stephen Barrett founded Robocall Watch with the hope of organizing an international network of people who can pull together against this growing problem. Our activities will include:

How You Can Help

  • Spread the word about this site.
  • Report relevant news
  • Volunteer to help investigate.
  • Volunteer as an expert advisor.
  • Take timely action as advised through our discussion list.
To register as a volunteer, contact Dr. Barrett by e-mail

The Quackwatch Network

Robocall Watch is part of the Quackwatch network of Web sites devoted to public education and consumer protection. The other sites are:

  • Quackwatch (started 12/96): Your guide to intelligent decisions
  • Acupuncture Watch (2/05): The skeptical guide to acupuncture history, theories, and practices
  • Allergy Watch (8/07): Your guide to questionable theories and practices.
  • Autism Watch (7/04): Your scientific guide to autism
  • Cancer Treatment Watch (8/05): Your guide to sensible cancer treatment
  • Casewatch (7/04): Your guide to health fraud- and quackery-related legal matters
  • Chelation Watch (7/04): A skeptical view of chelation therapy
  • Chirobase (10/98): Your skeptical guide to chiropractic history, theories, and practices
  • Credential Watch (2/05): Your guide to health-related education and training
  • Dental Watch (6/02): Your guide to intelligent dental care
  • Device Watch (7/04): Your guide to questionable medical devices
  • Diet Scam Watch (11/04): Your guide to weight-control schemes and ripoffs
  • Fibromyalgia Watch (1/11): Guide to the fibromyalgia marketplace
  • Homeowatch (11/01): Your skeptical guide to homeopathic history, theories, and practices
  • Infomercial Watch (7/04): A critical view of the health infomercial marketplace
  • Internet Health Pilot (1/02): Your gateway to reliable health information
  • Insurance Reform Watch (4/09): Your guide to an equitable health care system
  • Mental Health Watch (7/04): Your guide to the mental help marketplace
  • MLM Watch (1/99): The skeptical guide to multilevel marketing
  • Naturowatch (6/03): The skeptical guide to naturopathic history, theories, and practices
  • NCCAM Watch (11/05): An antidote to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Nutriwatch (3/00): Your guide to sensible nutrition
  • Pharmwatch (8/05): Your guide to the drug marketplace and lower costs

Dr. Barrett maintains these sites with help from many volunteers.

Service Providers

  • Our expert advisors review articles upon request.
  • Our chief counsel is Michael K. Botts, Esq., of Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Our web-page design was developed by Marty Mapes of Boulder Information Services.
  • Dr. Barrett's son Daniel Barrett, a software engineer, provides general technical support.
  • Our Internet Service Provider is 10types, which provides outstanding equipment, service, and technical support.
  • Robert King edits our audio and video segments.
  • Gina Smith of CabbageTree Solutions transcribes audio and video recordings.
  • OnlyMyEmail provides SPAM protection.

Sources of Income

The total cost of operating all of our sites and research activities runs about $7,000 per year. Quackwatch has never had any salaried employees. It operates with minimal expense, funded mainly by small individual donations, commissions from sales on other sites to which we refer, and profits from the sale of publications. If its income falls below what is needed for the research, the rest comes out of Dr. Barrett's pocket. Except for the sales commissions, neither Quackwatch nor Dr. Barrett have any financial tie to any commercial or industrial organization.

There are two ways to donate:

  • PayPal enables donations of any amount. If you do not have a PayPal account, a credit card can be used instead.
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Payment by check or money order (US fronds only) can be sent directly to:

287 Fearrington Post
Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Either way, these donations will support research, writing, legal actions, and social activism that can protect many people from being harmed.

This page was posted on April 13, 2015.

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