People Are Throwing Away Stimulus Debit Cards Thinking It's Junk Mail

Tarrah Gibbons
May 27, 2020 - 1:53 pm
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Earlier this month, the Treasury Department reported that it would begin issuing some stimulus checks via prepaid debit cards in the mail. But the envelopes they come in could look a little fishy to some.

As the IRS is mailing these cards loaded with stimulus payments, some are confusing them for scams and junk mail, reported the Miami Herald.

Some who received this mail say the envelope and the Visa card show the name of an unfamiliar bank. According to the IRS, the envelopes are from Money Network Cardholder Services. The card itself is from MetaBank.

Vicki Wade, a Texas woman, believed the mail was spam and almost threw it away. "At first glance, you would throw it away. You would. Especially if Money Network is not your bank," Wade told the outlet.

Houston resident David Starr said he was expecting his $1,200 in the form of a check, not a card. He said he almost threw out the envelope.

“I became confused. I mean, here comes this card that I am not expecting, from a bank I never heard of, MetaBank, and it just felt like a complete scam,” Starr said.

Officials in several states have reported that they are receiving a lot of complaints and questions about the cards.

According to the Money Network, lost cards can be replaced by calling the customer service number 1-800-240-8100.

Close to 4 million people will be mailed a debit card with their stimulus payment pre-loaded.

The payments will be issued by this new method to those who do not have bank account information on file with the IRS. The group includes those who did not sign up for a direct deposit while doing their taxes or on the IRS website.

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