BBB: Stimulus money coming in form of prepaid debit cards for some

Here's how to keep yourself safe from scams.

Posted: Jun 8, 2020 3:46 PM
Updated: Jun 8, 2020 3:58 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – The Better Business Bureau is telling consumers to look out in the mail for their Economic Impact Payments.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is now mailing them in the form of prepaid debit cards.

Most people received their stimulus checks either by direct deposit or by a check, but now the debit cards are being sent to some consumers for who the IRS did not have bank account information on file.

The BBB is warning people to be wary of possible scams and to not throw them away by accident.

The cards come in a plain envelope with a return address of Money Network Cardholder Services. When you open it, the name will be on the front and the back will have the bank the government is using – Meta Bank.

Scammers may try to text, call or email you to get more personal information or to get the card information.

They said the biggest risk is that people are getting fake cards and letters that they need to do another step or call a number.

People can report any phishing or scam attempts to the IRS and file a report with BBB Scam Tracker to warn others not to fall for the scam.

For more information, click here.

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