Economic Impact Payment debit cards issued
February 4, 2021
Calls are being received at local Area 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 eight 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 the last payment was received one way, does not mean it will be received 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. Fees apply depending on how the card is used. Be sure to read the Summary of Terms and Fees to understand the fee-based services and transactions as well as transaction limits.
If the EIP card is mistakenly thrown out, lost or stolen, contact the customer service automated response hotline 1-800-240-8100 or visit http://www.eipcard.com. A replacement card costs $7 plus a further $17 in postage and handling costs.
If someone receives a card and they 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 the local Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-551-3191. In the Seeley-Swan, residents can also call MAS Resources Specialist Linda Howard at 406-541-7688.
People can check the status of their payment using the Get My Payment tool on IRS.gov. Information provided by the Internal Revenue Service.