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Treasury Department and IRS Issue Prepaid Economic Impact Payment Debit Cards

January 29, 2021 | by Sue Bailey, Adult Resource Alliance of Yellowstone County

Calls are being received at local Agencies on Aging reporting that a credit card arrived in the mail from “Money Network Financial” saying that they represent the US Treasury and to call to activate the card. These are legitimate cards.

Some 8 million Americans are receiving their stimulus payments on a pre-paid debit card sent through the mail, in addition to others who will receive the payment via paper checks or automatic deposits. Just because you received your last payment one way does not mean you will receive it the same way now.

EIP Cards are being sent in a white envelope that prominently displays the U.S. Department of the Treasury seal. The envelope states "Not a bill or an advertisement. Important information about your Economic Impact Payment." 

The EIP Card has the Visa name on the front of the card and the issuing bank name, MetaBank®, N.A. on the back. Each mailing will include instructions on how to securely activate and use the EIP Card.

People should watch their mail carefully. If you received a card and are unsure whether it is legitimate, or if you need to report any COVID-19 related fraud including services billed to Medicare that you didn’t receive, please call your local SMP office in Yellowstone County at 406-259-5212 or at 800-551-3191 for all other Montana residents.

If you threw away or destroyed the card you can call 800-240-8100 to request a free replacement card. You will have to give your Social Security number to complete this process.

People can check the status of their payment using the Get My Payment tool on IRS.gov. Information provided by the Internal Revenue Service.      

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