Check your mail carefully. It may have your Economic Impact Payment card

The EIP card arrives in your mailbox from Money Network Cardholder Services. It’s only until you open it that you discover it is part of the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

Check your mail carefully! There could be an envelope most of use equate with unsolicited junk mail–that mail that many of us sort through and discard without opening.
Better look twice! Walthall countians, just like millions of other Americans, are receiving non-descript envelopes from Money Network Cardholder Services. Inside there’s a letter with the emblem of the U.S. Treasury in the upper right-hand corner with a Visa debit card attached, along with a slip announcing: “Enclosed is your Economic Impact Payment Card,” also imprinted with the seal of the U.S. Treasury.
It’s the latest version of government stimulus payments. Though many received payments by either check or direct deposit, VISA debit cards are arriving via U.S. Mail for the others.
There wasn’t much fanfare when the Treasury Department announced it would be issuing the debit cards on its website in mid-May.
“This week, Treasury and IRS are starting to send nearly 4 million Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) by prepaid debit card instead of by paper check,” the release said.
According to the release EIP card recipients can make purchases, get cash from an ATM or transfer funds to their personal bank account, plus they can check their card balance online, by mobile phone app or by standard telephone without any fees. The cards are usable online, at ATMs or at retail locations where Visa is accepted.
Some folks have assumed the letter and card is another of those endless unsolicited credit card offers that fill mailboxes daily. There are people who have cut up the cards or destroyed them and plenty of others who tossed the envelope away unopened.
If you’re one of them, there is a 1-800 number to call for a replacement in the form of a check. The same number, 1-800-240-8100, also allows you to activate the card by entering a four-digit personal identification number (PIN), or check your balance. Other information about the card can be found at EIPCard.com.

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