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Stimulus debit cards confusing some Montanans who have received payments

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Posted at 10:16 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-23 00:16:40-05

Many who have received the second round of stimulus payments have been confused that they were sent junk mail.

The Treasury Department may get the Economic Impact Payment to you in one of three ways: direct deposit, check or debit card.

The debit cards have fooled people, who may have thrown the envelope in the garbage.


"So if you receive that payment in the mail, do not throw it away," said Roseann Freitas, public relations and communications manager for the Northwest and Pacific. "You want to verify because that is your stimulus check."

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Those are Visa debit cards from Meta Bank, along with a PIN number to activate.


Scammers have also been a problem with the debit cards, according to the Better Business Bureau.

"You are going to get callers and they're going to say that there's a problem with your stimulus and they can help you," she said. "None of that's going to be real because the IRS isn't going to call. So people just need to be leery of anybody who's calling saying they can help expedite that money, and especially if they're asking for a processing fee. The IRS will not ask you for a processing fee on that money."

Freitas suggests checking the IRS website for the status and manner of payment.

She said more information is also available on an EIP card website and on the Better Business Bureau website.