Sunday, August 24, 2008

Do Not Call

Everytime, you give your number away in a form or a promotion or even when you are buying an air-ticket. you are inviting yourself to spam, lots and lots of spam. After that, everytime, you get a call from someone selling you a credit card or a home, loan. Did you wish that they would stop bugging you? Wishing does not work in India. You have to do something about it.

The short and sweet way from TRAI:

“For customers who would like to register/de-register their request for NDNC registry may dial 1909 or SMS to 1909 with keywords 'START DND' for registration and 'STOP DND' for de-registration”

For the harder way especially for the companies (read as: banks), who frankly give a damn. Here are some URL’s, to go:

ICICI: http://www.inuonline.com/dnc/donotcall.asp
HDFC: http://www.hdfc.com/donotcallform.asp
HDFC Bank: https://www.hdfcbank.com/applications/misc/dnc/dnc.htm
HSBC: https://www.tools.asiapacific.hsbc.com/webform/apply?id=in+donotcall
CitiBank India: http://www.online.citibank.co.in/ngrhtm/custhmdnd.htm
Standard Chartered: https://play.standardchartered.com/smail/in/IN15/index.html
ABN Amro: http://mail.abnamrobank.co.in/creditcard/do_not_call_servicemail_cc.asp
SBI: http://www.sbicard.com/sbi/donotcall.jsp
Canara: http://www.canbankindia.com/personal/card/faircard/faircard-main.htm

There is no guarantee that this will work ofcourse. In which case, keep track of the phone number calling you and call 1909 and complain. That helps. For a few weeks atleast…

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