Anybody With Your Aadhaar Number Can See Which Bank You Have an Account In

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By Express News Desk|Updated: January 10, 2018

UIDAI’s SMS-based service reveals banks with which Aadhaar holders have accounts into anybody


  • The SMS-based service does not need an OTP
  • UIDAI does not notify Aadhaar holders their information were inspected either
  • Does not appear to work for all banks

UIDAI, the authority that releases Aadhaar, permits individuals to examine online if their bank account has actually been connected to Aadhaar with its Bank Mapper site. This online service includes an OTP sent out to the user’s signed up mobile number, which need to be keyed in to see which bank the Aadhaar number has actually been connected to.

In late December, the UIDAI tweeted a number that permits anybody to inspect the savings account related to Aadhaar through SMS. Here’s how the procedure works:

Dial * 99 * 99 * 1 # from your phone. You will be charged 50 paisa for this message.
You will get a discussion box asking you to get in the 12-digit Aadhaar number.
It will ask you to either verify the number or alter it when you get in the Aadhaar number.
It will then reveal the bank it is connected to.

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The SMS-based service by UIDAI does not include an OTP being sent out to the Aadhaar holder’s signed up mobile number. They are not even alerted that somebody inspected their bank-linking info. We went into the Aadhaar number of a coworker, and the service returned the name Allahabad Bank.

It does not appear to work for all banks. We attempted the number of an individual whose Yes Bank account is connected to Aadhaar, however the service did not reveal the name of the bank. If your Aadhaar is connected to several bank accounts, it returns the name of just one bank.