In the country, the Aadhaar card is a vital document that serves as a means of identification for every citizen. The 12-digit Aadhaar number has become mandatory for everything from bank accounts to government schemes, facilitating identity verification. Over the past few years, the utility of the Aadhaar card has significantly increased. However, with its growing usage, cases of fraud have also surged. Hence, it’s advised not to give out your Aadhaar card without reason. Given that banks often ask for Aadhaar cards and link bank accounts with them, many wonder if someone can withdraw money from your account with just your Aadhaar number.
UIDAI Clarifies Common Questions from Aadhaar Card Holders
According to UIDAI, this is completely false. You can clarify misconceptions and learn more about Aadhaar numbers and related misinformation on UIDAI’s official portal (https://uidai.gov.in/).
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Just as knowing your ATM card number doesn’t allow anyone to withdraw money from an ATM machine, similarly, merely knowing your Aadhaar number doesn’t enable anyone to hack into your bank account and withdraw money. If you don’t share your PIN/OTP provided by banks, your bank account is secure. UIDAI assures that both banks and Aadhaar users need not worry about this false notion, as there have been no cases so far of bank accounts being hacked just by knowing the Aadhaar number. UIDAI has also tweeted that revealing your Aadhaar number cannot lead to hacking your bank account. If you don’t wish to disclose your Aadhaar number, you can use VID or Masked Aadhaar, both of which are valid and widely accepted.
Emphasis on Using Masked Aadhaar
UIDAI and the government have repeatedly stated that if you need to provide your Aadhaar card somewhere, you can use the Masked Aadhaar Card. While a regular Aadhaar card displays all 12 digits, the Masked Aadhaar card only shows the last 4 digits. This will be downloaded from UIDAI’s official website.
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