For the last couple of months, I have been receiving the Credit Card statement of one Mr. Uma Shankar to my mail id – umshankar [at] gmail [dot] com. ICICI Bank has been sending me his credit card statement in plain HTML. I sent a couple of mails to their support informing them of this screw-up. But, received no response from them. The first mail came to me when his Credit Card application was approved on Fri, 24 Nov 2006. Since, then I have been receiving all his statements.This blog post is aimed at two purposes –
- Hoping that someone working with ICICI reads this and takes some action (Hence the melodramatic post title 🙂 )!
- Hoping Uma Shankar stumbles across this post and contacts me or the ICICI customer support
- Hoping readers understand the level of security maintained by one of the leading banks in India
Here’s a section from ICICI portal. Note the “Reliable” part of the content 😀 !!! Normally I would expect reliable to translate as SECURE as well in a banking context!
Statement Online is a very simple, powerful and convenient way to view your Credit Card statement details instantly without any postal delays. Just sign up for Statement Online and get faster, reliable access to your Account Statement. Mobile alerts from ICICI Bank provides you with information on your ICICI Bank Credit Card even when you are on the move. You would now no longer miss a payment or exhaust your credit limit without a warning. Currently customers having Internet Banking user-ids can subscribe to the alerts. To know more click here.
@Mr. Uma Shankar: Hi! How are you? If you happen to read this and your credit card number ends with 4000 and you made a purchase at BIG BAZAAR – KSRTC on 26/01/2007 for Rs. 969.00, then leave a comment or contact me.
Update 10th September 2007:
Dear Readers! Please do NOT leave your credit card information here. I do NOT represent ICICI bank in any manner. I wrote this post because those stupid morons at the ICICI tech support have been sending me someone else’s credit card statement.
If you would like your statements by email, your best bet would be the ICICI tech support. Then again, I would advice you to think twice. You wouldn’t want your statements being mailed to some one else.
Update on 5th March 2009:
Dear readers! I am closing the comments section on this post i.e Readers cannot comment anymore on this particular blog post. I am sorry to have to do this. As much as I believe in freedom of speech, I also respect my readers’ ignorance. As you may see below many readers have posted their card numbers and contact information even after my repeated warnings and requests to not do so. Today, a guy posted his CVV number as well. CVV number would give any reader a chance to use this guy’s card online to make purchases. And I cannot allow this guy to be cheated. This is the limit. I cannot allow innocent ignorant people to leave their confidential information here anymore. It may be misused by someone. I have also edited the last guy’s comment to remove the CVV number from it. And respecting the comments from some other concerned readers, I am closing the comments here. Thank you.