Your stimulus money can look like spam

As if waiting for a stimulus test was not frustrating enough, now it turns out to be smooth People throw away their $ 600.

Jim Wallace almost tossed a letter he received in the mail a few days ago.

“I got a white envelope, with clear plastic in the top left corner and in the middle,” Wallace said.

Nowhere was there a return address from the U.S. Treasury or IRS in Washington, D.C. that would indicate a stimulus payment.

“There was this address here with a bit of a seal, and it did not look like a U.S. government mail. It looks like spam, “Wallace said.

He was more confused when he opened it.

“There was a ticket inside,” Wallace said.

A note with the card said “economic impact payment,” which Wallace said he assumed was his stimulus. But nowhere was $ 600 said, so he still wasn’t sure.

“It doesn’t look like an official income tax letter,” he said. “It’s not. We almost threw it aside. We almost threw it away.”

The IRS now recognizes that some people throw the cards in the trash or cut them, assuming they are trying to get them to sign up for something.

She is now issuing an alert to view tickets in the mail, as this is your real stimulus check, just not in the form of a check.

Why the IRS is currently using debit cards

The $ 1,200 checks last spring looked like typical U.S. Treasury tax refunds.

But in an attempt to speed up the process this time, the IRS has ordered several million prepaid debit cards from a meta bank. They do not say $ 600, since the figure was decided at the last minute.

Therefore, debit cards are legitimate.

But Wallace and his wife, Caroline, do not think the government should send debit cards that come with an ATM fee for repayment.

“There are all these fees associated with it,” she said, pointing to a list of $ 2 and $ 3 fees behind. “So that sounds like a scam to us.”

But this is not a scam – it’s your $ 600 stimulus.

If you accidentally dumped yours, you can apply for a new one by calling the IRS, if you can get through it.

Alternatively, you may need to file a claim with a federal income tax return.

So be careful not to waste your money.