Don’t Accidentally Throw Away Your Stimulus Payment. Debit Cards Are Arriving In Plain Envelopes.

May 27, 2020

Nearly four million people are being sent their Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card, instead of paper check. The determination of which taxpayers receive a debit card was made by the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, another part of the Treasury Department that works with the IRS to handle distribution of the payments.

These Economic Impact Payment Cards arrive in a plain envelope from Money Network Cardholder Services. The Visa name will appear on the front of the card; the back of the card has the name of the issuing bank, MetaBank, N.A. Information included with the card will explain that the card is an Economic Impact Payment Card.

Those who receive Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card can do the following without any fees.

  • Make purchases online and at any retail location where Visa is accepted
  • Get cash from in-network ATMs
  • Transfer funds to their personal bank account
  • Check their card balance online, by mobile app, or by phone

This free, prepaid card also provides consumer protections available to traditional bank account owners, including protection against fraud, loss, and other errors.


19 Responses to “Don’t Accidentally Throw Away Your Stimulus Payment. Debit Cards Are Arriving In Plain Envelopes.”

  1. William Reynolds on May 28th, 2020 2:44 pm


    We have had too many people submit complete personal information (even a SSN or two) asking about their status. We are a newspaper, not the IRS! Rather than running the risk we accidentally approve a comment with a SSN and personal info, we have closed the comments.

  2. G.Simmons on May 28th, 2020 7:45 am

    Thank you Northescambia, many people would not have known this important
    Information. It’s great that you care enough to keep us informed.
    Thanks again.

  3. David Ryan on May 28th, 2020 7:33 am

    Still waiting

  4. Just A. Reader on May 28th, 2020 1:22 am

    My parents are in their 80’s. They received the card in the mail on Tuesday. When I visited them today, mom showed it to me. She was fixing to send it to the shredder. Somewhat upset some company would be sending her an unsolicited credit card she didnt want. It was only because of this article I knew it to be their stimulus money. Sure enough, mom called to activate the card and it was their $2400 stimulus payment.. Frustrating as they typically dont use debit or credit cards. Now, they will go to the bank and see if they can convert it it to cash without having to pay a fee to access the money. From the looks of things they are going to be forced to pay some transaction fees to access the payment.

    This type of payment wasnt a good option for them.

  5. Erik Laurentz on May 27th, 2020 11:59 pm

    I entered my direct deposit information on the IRS website because I had my taxes done though HR Block. “Get My Payment” first stated my stimulus would be direct deposited April 24th, then updated starting that it would be mailed April 24th. I updated my change of address with USPS, checked my former address (on my tax return), and still nothing. I need my check ASAP. Any suggestions???

  6. John Grebba on May 27th, 2020 11:07 pm

    I threw my card away I thought it was fake, how do I get another one?

  7. Charlotte Cash on May 27th, 2020 11:00 pm

    No direct deposit, no Visa card and no paper check. Think my husband and I have been forgotten!

  8. jean taylor on May 27th, 2020 10:34 pm

    My check was stolen out of my mail box.
    Probably by the same person or persons who got
    My wallet. And all my I. D.

  9. Gen on May 27th, 2020 8:56 pm

    I’m still waiting on my

  10. Alice buchanan on May 27th, 2020 8:55 pm

    Should I be looking for it

  11. Susana Manzo on May 27th, 2020 7:05 pm

    I think it’s a good idea .safe . I’m all for it thank you

  12. Sarah Jackson on May 27th, 2020 6:27 pm

    Didn’t know the card was the stilmus payment I cut the card up and throw it in the trash I thought It was a company trying to give me a credit card I didn’t know about the card payment until I saw the lady on the news regarding the payment and she did the same thing I thought it was going to be mailed as a paper check

  13. Ebony Reese on May 27th, 2020 2:13 pm

    My check was deposited in my daughter’s account and the the bank rejected it the next day and I never received anything by mail saying where my check went. The bank only says you’ll receive a letter explaining what happened and this was back in April

  14. Michael Nelson on May 27th, 2020 2:10 pm

    Oh no , I believe I threw mine away thinking that it was a credit card application, who has the phone number to call ???

  15. Tammy Hill on May 27th, 2020 1:52 pm

    Still waiting on my stimulus . Any idea how long it takes to get prepaid card or paper check

  16. Mark Trinkle on May 27th, 2020 8:56 am

    And notice you are already 70 dollars short. Someone is making millions on this funny money hand out.

  17. Cindy Warf on May 27th, 2020 7:41 am

    I threw mine away how do I get a new one lost the paper

  18. Bill on May 27th, 2020 7:07 am

    The cards are not totally free. There can be fees. For example, ATM is free IF you use :IN NETWORK PROVIDERS” Anyone know who these providers are? There are other catches also. I do not know why they issued ATM cards. BUT, if there is a second round of give aways, they could just add money to the card they sent you. Might want to keep the card for a while even after using all the welfare money.

  19. Bonnie Exner on May 27th, 2020 1:34 am

    We were expecting a government check,received this card instead,took if for an unrequested credit card,cut it up and then realized it was our STIMULUS money..we were sick..found the 4 pieces of the card,taped it together and called a number on the enclosed paper,explained the situation and after many identification questions, they said they would issue us a new one..THANK YOU ,NORTHESCAMBIA.COM for letting others know so they dont have to go through what we did!