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Stimulus VISA card mistaken for junk mail: What you should know

Some people are throwing out the cards not knowing it holds their stimulus payment.

SPOKANE, Wash. — The second round of stimulus checks are being delivered differently and causing some confusion.

Some are being sent out on visa debit cards and people are mistaking them for junk mail and throwing them away.

The IRS said it mailed out about eight million of these cards. But, not everyone will get them. Some people will still get checks.

Here's what to look for: 

According to the IRS, VISA debit cards should be arriving in a white envelope from "Economic Impact Payment Card," with the U.S. Department of the Treasury seal "prominently" displayed.

The card inside should have VISA on the front with the issuing bank, MetaBank, N.A., on the back.

Details of how to activate the card are included in the envelope. There are fees for certain ways of accessing the money on the card, like ATM withdrawals.

But, there are ways to access it for free such as transferring funds to a personal bank account, or cash withdraw at a bank branch.

Replacing Economic Impact Payment Card: 

If your Card is discarded or destroyed, it is important that you call Customer Service at 1.800.240.8100 immediately and select the “Lost/Stolen” option.

Your Card will be deactivated to prevent anyone from using it and, upon your request, a replacement Card can be provided at no cost to you. Please see your Cardholder Agreement online at EIPCard.com for more information. 

More information can be found at the Economic Impact Payment website.