No matter what the reason, finding your bank account number is pretty easy. There are many ways to find this information, both from home and on the street. Just be sure to take the necessary steps to keep the number safe, such as storing documents that show it in a reliable place and tearing up those you don't use before throwing them away.
Method 1 of 2: Finding Your Account Number
Step 1. If you have a checkbook, check the numbers on the bottom or back of one of the sheets
The first number printed in the left footer of your check is usually your bank identification code, which is 3 digits long. The others are likely to be your agency and account, which vary in number of digits. The others are the identification numbers on the check sheet itself.
The number will likely have a check digit separated by a hyphen, like this: 0000-0
Step 2. Check a physical or digital statement if you can
Your account number will be printed on all statements you receive, whether by e-mail, letter or online banking. Look at a recent extract and look for the code, which will be titled “Account” and is usually at the beginning of the document, left or right.
Step 3. Use internet banking in browser or app to find account number
Go to your bank's website or open the app on your phone or tablet. Log in and click on the option to view your account summary. Usually the account number will be on this page. If not, take a look at the website or click on “Help”.
Step 4. Contact your bank if nothing works
Call the number on the back of your credit or debit card or contact customer service online. You will probably need to provide your name, address and CPF for them to confirm your identity. After that, they will inform your account number.
If you write down the number, be sure to keep it in a safe place, such as in your wallet or closet
Method 2 of 2: Keeping Your Account Number Safe
Step 1. Use a secure internet connection to access your accounts online
While it's easy to access your account from a cafe, shop or subway station, you really shouldn't. Using an unknown wireless connection increases the risk of identity theft. Only sign in to your browser or app account when you have a secure internet connection.
Step 2. Only provide your account number to trusted websites
If you have to enter your account number to pay something or make a transfer, please check first that the site is secure. The address must start with “https”, being the “s” for insurance. You should also see if there is a lock icon and/or the word “Insurance” to the left of the address at the top of the screen before providing your account number.
- If none of these bookmarks are present on the site, please do not provide your account number as it may not be confidential.
- You usually don't need to enter your account number to shop online, so be careful with sites that require it.
Step 3. Take care of your checks and statements
Don't leave your checkbook or bank statements lying around at home or in your car. Open and view the statements as soon as they arrive, then keep them with other papers that contain bank information in a safe place, such as a file. Also, keep your checkbook in a safe place, and instead of just recycling or throwing it away, don't forget to shred old papers to prevent others from gaining access to your account information.
Step 4. Monitor your account regularly to prevent fraud
It is important to look closely at your statements and check your checking and savings account whenever you can. Pay attention to the amounts charged on purchases. If you see any amounts that you did not authorize, contact your bank immediately for more information.