That means, an individual having knowledge of someone else's Aadhaar number - also known as Unique Identity Number (UID) - will not be able to commit a bank fraud against the Aadhaar holder with the 12-digit personal identification number alone. Seeking to allay concerns of Aadhaar holders on safety of their bank accounts, the UIDAI said: "Any transaction requires authentication - biometric (your fingerprint or Iris scan) or OTP (sent to your mobile). Without which, a financial transaction cannot be made."
"No one can harm your bank account just by knowing your Aadhaar," explained the UIDAI, the issuer of the 12-digit Aadhaar number as well as the Aadhaar card.
"Aadhaar number alone cannot be used for banking or any other service." That is a message from the UIDAI on its website - uidai.gov.in - where the Aadhaar-issuing body has debunked many misconceptions. Just like by merely knowing someone's ATM card number, no one can withdraw money from the ATM machine, according the UIDAI.
The UIDAI has time and again addressed concerns of the Aadhaar card holders. In a separate Tweet, the UIDAI said that digital Aadhaar card or 'e-Aadhaar' can be used just like an Aadhaar card in physical form. E-Aadhaar is a digitally signed, verifiable document "as valid as the Aadhaar letter delivered by post", said the UIDAI.
Meanwhile, the UIDAI has set up a dedicated Twitter handle to address customer queries. Users will be able to reach the Aadhaar Help Centre via Twitter handle 'Aadhaar_Care'.
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