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Did you get an Economic Impact Payment VISA debit card in the mail from the U.S. Department of the Treasury? If you did, you might get a letter from Treasury this week, reminding you to activate your card.

 

Treasury’s letter gives you instructions on how to activate the card. Once you do that, you can get cash or use it anywhere that accepts VISA debit cards. Or, you can also transfer the money from your EIP debit card to your bank account. This is especially helpful if you can’t or don’t want to visit an ATM. 

 

Did you throw away the card by mistake, or don’t recall getting one? No worries. Your letter from Treasury will tell you how to request a replacement card, which will include calling a 24-hour customer service line at 1.800.240.8100. It’s free to replace your card.

 

So that you know what to look out for in the mail, here’s what the envelope from Treasury will look like:

And here’s what the letter from Treasury will look like:

 

And, because this blog is all about reminders, here’s one more. Unless you’ve asked for assistance, know that the government will never, ever call, text, email, or send you a link to click to activate your card or get your money. If someone does—or asks for your Social Security or debit card number—it’s a scam. Report it to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

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I got a debit card in the mail at my address. But after I opened it, I discovered that it did NOT have my name, but rather some other unknown name (Allen Smith) using my address. I have tried to call the phone numbers I have for the VISA card, but have been on hold over and hour each time before the call drops.

Is this a scam of some sort?

Thank you for the help navigating this arduous time.

I'd like to know who all will be getting one?

I called the 800 # provided as it says it's a helpline BUT the problem is can't ask about the EIP card, and cannot provide them with the card # they want as the IRS seems to have done something else wrong. No surprise really.

me 2

Have not seen this card in the mail. Does everybody get one? Why dont they use the same manner they did originally by putting into the acct the tax return goes to?

We wrote a blog in May about the EIP cards. The blog explained that some some people might get a debit card instead of a check in the mail.

The card is away to get the money that’s meant to give relief due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Some people may got a payment by direct deposit or by check.

Thanks for the (timely) info. I just now opened the envelope.

Who are you? I know you look like FTC, but why would you send me something? I have no account with you that I know of. I'm gun shy because of how good the fakes are getting. Since I didn't request this and didn't pay into it. Unless it has something to do with "Comercia" "bank" or US Express. Is this a "green card"? Would like to know because I ain't that smart. If you send me something, I'll have to go to my credit union for security reasons.
Thanx, I think, Danny

We wrote a blog in May about the EIP cards. The blog explained that some some people might get a debit card instead of a check in the mail.

The card is away to get the money that’s meant to give relief due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Some people may got a payment by direct deposit or by check.

Hi, how do I apply for the card...I made less than 75,000 in 2019...I haven't filed my 2019 taxes yet...Thank you...Christine

Will they be sending the cards in place of a second Economic Impact Payment or Check?

We wrote a blog in May about the EIP cards. The blog explained that some some people might get a debit card instead of a check in the mail.

The card is away to get the money that’s meant to give relief due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Some people may got a payment by direct deposit or by check.

Thank you, Christina. There are many fraud and nefarious scams now, your post is much appreciated. I will let my family know what to expect in the mail.

I haven't heard of this from anyone ! I'm so paranoid about 'scams' I'm not sure this is safe - like my FTC notices have been hi-jacked ! Seriously, who's supposed to get a VISA card from Gov ? that should have been mentioned in the 'alert' . mh

We wrote a blog in May about the EIP cards. The blog explained that some some people might get a debit card instead of a check in the mail.

The card is away to get the money that’s meant to give relief due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Some people may got a payment by direct deposit or by check.

Are we receiving this debit card instead of a direct deposit into our bank account as the first time this was sent to us? When can we expect to receive this?

Where does one go, to sign up, to get this card? Who qualifies to get this debit card?

We wrote a blog in May about the EIP cards. The blog explained that some some people might get a debit card instead of a check in the mail.

The card is away to get the money that’s meant to give relief due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Some people may got a payment by direct deposit or by check.

I have not received any letter

Are they sending debit cards instead of checks now?

We wrote a blog in May about the EIP cards. The blog explained that some some people might get a debit card instead of a check in the mail.

The card is away to get the money that’s meant to give relief due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Some people may got a payment by direct deposit or by check.

I never received my card,, but I was informed by IRS, that I did,, I believe it was sent either to the wrong address, or I overlooked it in my mail..

Since I got the official word that I am eligible for the eip I never get a live customer service representative when I call the phone number 1800 240 8100 to find out happen to my prepaid debit card

I received the card but theres no money on it

I haven't got my card yet

I never received it in the mail yet

I did not see the card in the email

Hi I got a paper check on the 1st round of stimula will I get a card .haven't receive one yet

Some people got their Economic Impact payments by direct deposit or by check. 

Some people who did not get a direct deposit or paper check will get a debit card in the mail. The envelope will be from “Money Network Cardholder Service.” Inside will be a VISA-branded prepaid card issued by MetaBank. This card will give you access to your economic impact payment.

I went on the app get my payment and typed info .it tild me my check would be out on the 22 if may...it came that Friday and a visa debit card.its blue and there is a paper that comes with it saying that the card is your pandemic check.if you do have one ppl .dont throw it away.the 2nd rounds of checks will be faster due that everyone updated their mailing addresses.i hope everything works out for all and if your having a hard time it will come I know it will.god bless you all

Is this payment only for people that did not receive their first stimulus check back in May?

Some people got their Economic Impact payments by direct deposit or by check. 

Some people who did not get a direct deposit or paper check will get a debit card in the mail. The envelope will be from “Money Network Cardholder Service.” Inside will be a VISA-branded prepaid card issued by MetaBank. This card will give you access to your economic impact payment.

I have a bank account will still get a card

Some people got their Economic Impact payments by direct deposit or by check. 

Some people who did not get a direct deposit or paper check will get a debit card in the mail. The envelope will be from “Money Network Cardholder Service.” Inside will be a VISA-branded prepaid card issued by MetaBank. This card will give you access to your economic impact payment.

I haven't received any thing in my mailbox yet

We received the debit card. Unable to activate. Call the Money Network number and cannot ever get a human. Type in card number and last six of social and it Just tells me that they cannot process the request at this time then says good bye and hangs up. Time and time again this happens. I want a check!! No way to get a human to speak with, absolutely no customer service rep.

I have tried to activate my card. The message always says we cannot activate this card at this time. The phone number does not have a link to help or customer service and cuts me off after I give the card number and SS#

I am also having a problem with activating my card how do I get it active and who do I need to contact

I also received the debit card and facing the same activation failure issue as some folks mentioned above. Can someone please suggest how to get this card activated? Unable to activate. Call the Money Network number and cannot ever get a human. Type in card number and last six of social and it Just tells me that they cannot process the request at this time then says good bye and hangs up. Time and time again this happens. I want a check!! No way to get a human to speak with, absolutely no customer service rep.

I did NOT receive a DEBIT card. Was I supposed to? The whole process has been terrible. I got a couple of payments, and then nothing. Can someone please call me to clarify this stuff?

IF I got the visa card, I may have shredded it because of all the scams out there. In the meantime I have moved put of state - so now what????

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