Don't throw it out! That plain, white envelope could be your stimulus payment

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Posted at 1:49 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 13:49:55-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Don't throw away that envelope until you open it. That's the advice coming from the Retired Public Employees Association and it covers anyone eligible to receive a COVID-19 stimulus payment from the federal government.

Some people are receiving these payments in the form of a debit card. They're being delivered in plain, white envelopes without the government's return address, which has some people throwing them out, thinking they're junk mail, or worse, a scam.

Here's what you should look for:

  • A stimulus debit card will arrive from Money Network Cardholder Services
  • Visa and debit will be printed on the front of the card
  • The issuing bank is Metabank, N.A., this is listed on the back of the card.
  • You will need to activate the card by visiting EIPCard.com or calling 1-800-240-8100
  • When you call to activate you be be prompted to provide your name, address and Social Security Number
  • You will asked to create a four-digit identification number
  • Once activated, there will be limits on how much money you can access from an ATM at one time.