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Are bank account numbers and check card numbers the same...?

Asked by blastfamy (2154 points ) August 19th, 2009

I just opened a bank account that included a check card. It should be coming soon, but I’m leaving town before it (presumably) arrives, and there was something I wished to purchase online before I go.

When the store asks for a credit card, can I give the bank account number as the card number, or will it be different? Essentially, must I wait for the card to come, or can I make a purchase sooner?

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The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

No, they are different. Never give out your account number.

Quagmire's avatar

The bank account number will NOT be the same, and that’s a GOOD thing. You don’t want every clerk to know your bank account number, do you?

chyna's avatar

They are not the same.

blastfamy's avatar

@Quagmire, true that…
@all, thanks; its a waiting game then.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

No, you can’t do that. The numbers are different.

photographcrash's avatar

They are different. However, some large online sellers (eg Amazon) will allow you to pay with your checking account online rather than a card. It requires your account number and bank’s routing number.

jrpowell's avatar

Your checks have your account number on them. But your ATM/Debit card use a different number.

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