Stimulus Checks Payment Cards look Like Junk Mail: Don’t Throw It Away!
Heads up! People are accidentally throwing out their stimulus payments — because they look like junk mail! If you’re still waiting for your Coronavirus stimulus check, then be sure to read how to spot the Economic Impact Payment Card. In other words, be sure to read how to know what to look for. And, don’t throw it away!
Stimulus Checks in the Mail
If the Coronavirus pandemic isn’t bad enough, the US Government is sending out stimulus checks in plain white evenelopws. And, some people are mistakenly throwing them away! Some are saying they look too similar to unwanted credit card offers. In other words, it looks like junk mail. And, who doesn’t toss junk mail in the trash? But, in this case you could be throwing away as much as $3,400 for a family of four.
While many people already received their stimulus payment via direct deposit, others are waiting for a paper check in the mail. And, some are expecting it on a debit card. Either way, they’re being sent in envelops that don’t look like anything official. So, you’ll want to be super careful not to throw away your money!
According to NBC, almost 4 million people — including those for whom the agency does not have bank accounts on file — will be getting their stimulus payments in the form of prepaid debit cards. The only problem is that the debit cards come in envelopes that say “Money Network Cardholder Services” and do not bear any federal markings.
To make matters worse, there’s a number of Fake Stimulus Check Scams going around. So, people are already suspecting anything that doesn’t look official.
What you can do now
You can check the status of your stimulus check with the IRS official site.
How to identify the real stimulus payment debit cards, according to this IRS FAQ.
- Real stimulus payment debit cards will have a Visa logo and are issued by MetaBank.
- Cards will come with a letter which says that it is the Economic Impact Payment Card.
How to use your Economic Impact Payment Card
- Call 1-800-240-8100 to activate by verify your identity and setting up a PIN
- Sign the back of the card
- Make purchases online and at any retail location where Visa is accepted
- Get cash from in-network ATMs
- Transfer funds to their personal bank account
- Check their card balance online, by mobile app or by phone