Don’t immediately throw away a debit card if you get one in the mail over the next month. The Internal Revenue Service says that around 8 million people are going to receive their stimulus payments that way.
Those debit cards will be mailed to people’s homes, and are completely legitimate.
There was a mix-up last spring when the CARES Act was enacted – as many threw away those debit cards, which contained economic impact payments from the federal government.
While those who had bank account information on file with the IRS were likely to receive a direct deposit with the payment – officials said that wasn’t the case universally.
The debit cards come with envelopes that have a Department of the Treasury seal on them. They have been issued by MetaBank, which is displayed on it.
The IRS did note that some people who received a paper check last time around, may receive a debit card this time.