Block Promotional SMS In India

How To Block Promotional SMS Like AM, DM, VM That Are Not Blocked By DND

We engaged in a thorough discussion regarding the activation of the Do Not Disturb (DND) service on your mobile number, in India. For reference, here is that article again >> How to Activate DND in India and Block Those Spammy Marketing Calls & SMS. This article aims to provide information on various methods to prevent unsolicited promotional SMS that is not restricted by DND regulations.

It is important to note that certain SMS services are not unsolicited. In fact, these SMS companies have your consent to send you promotional SMS. It’s when you shop at your favorite brands or when you eat at your favorite eateries, the staff will ask for your feedback along with your name, contact number, and email address. This is exactly the moment when you become a part of their marketing system. They store your mobile number in their customer database and thus begin the downpour of offers and promotions on your cell phone via SMS. These SMS usually have a prefix of AM, DM, VM, IM, AD, MD, VK, AP, HP, etc.

Unfortunately, there is no way to get rid of these annoying promotional SMS services in one go. Attempting to address each service individually can be a cumbersome and tedious task. You will need to contact each and every store, via SMS, call, email, or in person.

Luckily, our society consists of some helpful people who carry forward the information gathered for others to avail as well. Thanks to such people. we have the following bit of information that I would like to share with you. The list is in chronological order sorted by the alphabet, for your convenience.

How To Block Promotional SMS That Is Not Blocked By DND?

List Last Updated On: 22 February 2023

BOX8

Contact Box8 On Twitter and They Will Unsubscribe Your Number.

Twitter Link:Box8

BYJU’s

Type “OPTOUT” and SMS to 9220000119.

DOMINOS
Type “DOM UNSUB” and SMS to 5607061

FOODPANDA
Type “LEAVE” and SMS to 9243000111
or Give Them A Miss Call at 08033509017

JABONG
Give Them A Miss Call at 08067006005

LENSKART
Type “LENS” and SMS to 567678

LIFESTYLE

Give Them A Miss Call at 08039275834

Alternatively You Can Visit Their Website And Contact Them Via Their Chat. Website Link: LandmarkShops.in

MAKE MY TRIP
Type “MMTSTOP” and SMS to 56161

MedLife

You need to mail care@medlife.com and ask them to stop sending promotional messages.

You can also use WhatsApp or Give them a call at 8884700000 and let them know your DND requirements.

MOBIKWIK

You need to Login on their Website. Go to the bottom of the page and look for “Unsubscribe”. Follow the steps to unsubscribe your number thereafter. The link is visible to members only when they login.

MYNTRA
Type “stopmyntrasms” and SMS to 9902099020
or Give Them A Miss Call at 08067006917

OLA CABS
Contact OlaCabs On Twitter and They Will Unsubscribe Your Number. Twitter Link: OlaCabs

PIZZA HUT
Give A Missed Call At 08067205785. Or,

Contact PizzaHut On Twitter and They Will Unsubscribe Your Number. Twitter Link: PizzaHutCares

POLICYBAZAAR

Visit them on their Unsubscribe page and fill in the details. Link.

PAYBACK

Send an SMS to 9773597735 with message “OPTOUT”

UBER
Type “STOP” and SMS to any UBER SMS you received
or Contact Uber On Their Website and They Will Unsubscribe Your Number

YEBHI

Send an email to support@yebhi.com to Unsubscribe.

YEPME
Type “NOSMS” and SMS to 56161

I will continue to update this list with additional brands and services that regularly send promotional SMS until we have compiled a comprehensive list. If you are aware of any other brands or services that should be included, please feel free to share them with us in the comments section below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Promotional SMS From Financial Institutions

It is important to note that messages with prefixes such as AM, DM, etc. from financial institutions such as banks and insurance companies should not be unsubscribed. These SMS’es provide important information such as bank balance, overdue payments, ATM withdrawals, and similar notifications. Therefore, it is recommended that these messages be retained.

Promotional SMS Via Partner Programs

You may receive promotional sms from stores or services that you are not familiar with, such as weight loss programs, property for sale, or various other medical or financial services. It is likely that you did not provide consent for these institutions to contact you, but they obtained your phone number through partner programs.

For instance, when you sign up for offers from a new restaurant, they may share their customer database with partner programs, and your phone number may be disseminated to various stores and services that you are unaware of. These entities then send bulk SMS messages to their entire database. It may be near impossible for you to backtrack as to where they got your number from.

In such cases, it is best to contact them via their website, Twitter, or Facebook page and request the removal of your number from their promotional SMS campaigns. It may be necessary to resort to legal action to have your number removed.

How To Block Marketing Emails

Regarding email marketing, blocking promotional emails is a relatively simple process. At the end of each marketing email, you will find an “UNSUBSCRIBE” link. Clicking on the link and providing your email address, if necessary, will immediately remove your email address from their database. It works like a charm!

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Yogesh

    Well this is a wonderful post… I wish there was a single point to unsubscribe all of these promotional messages.

  2. Dillip Kumar Sahoo

    How to block the messages comes from BW-BIGBZR, and from HP Gas, Bharat Gas etc where i do not have any gas connection.

  3. Sharat Jaswal

    Hi Dillip
    Try using TrueCaller. Whenever you get an SMS, just block it from TrueCaller. You will need to make it your default messaging app though.

  4. Bishad Ratna Tripathy

    Use sms organizer messaging app by Microsoft. It has a separate tab for all those promotional sms. It doesn’t show any notification for theme messages. Only the notification count on your app badge increases. once in a while you can delete all promotional sms at one click.
    P. S. It does have a separate tab for transaction sms which includes your bank transaction messages.

  5. Maanasi

    I am writing to individual smaller stores to get rid of this nuisance. Tried the full DND by Vodafone. All the complaints I have registered so far have been responded to as if the data (content of SMS, provided header) does not match with TRAI database . It is shocking and surprising considering I have valid proofs (the text in my inbox). One would assume that in today’s day and age, submission of screenshots should be allowed and validated.
    Really exasperated with this service.

  6. Raj

    I was looking for this from a long time. Thanks for detailed explanation. Waiting for some solution with all others .

  7. Pabitra Kumar Muni

    How to unsubscribe SMS from VM-Infobs?

  8. Sharat Jaswal

    Hi Pabitra. I haven’t heard of this company. Can you elaborate more on it? Like what company it is and what text you are getting from them.

  9. Pabitra Kumar Muni

    **********
    Message FrOm:- VM-INFOBS
    How to stop this type of message

  10. Sharat Jaswal

    Hey Pabitra. Sorry, I had to delete that link that you shared from the message. That is spam and i feel sorry for you that you got caught into that. I am sorrier that I cannot help you with this one. It is not a brand company sending marketing messages with whom we can make unsubscribe/opt-out requests. This is someone spamming your number with URL’s that should not be opened. Probably install some anti-virus on your phone too.

  11. Aysha

    How to unsubscribe from VM-AJIOIN

  12. Sharat Jaswal

    Hi Aysha.

    I believe the opt-out option is available on the member’s account and security page. You would just need to uncheck the boxes where it says communication option. If you don’t see such options, then just write to customercare@ajio.com with the title unsubscribe and provide your phone number therewithin.

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