INDIANAPOLIS — Last year’s first round of stimulus payments involved money directly deposited into bank accounts or actual checks sent to millions of people.
The current stimulus payments of up to $600 per person include another option, which is causing some confusion and questions from skeptical recipients.
James wrote to the 13News VERIFY Team to ask, “Will the Tax Relief payment be in the form of a check or direct deposit? We received a ‘Payment Card’ in the mail; is this a scam?” He included a photo of a blue debit card with white stars and an activation sticker that includes a toll free number and the seal of the U.S. Treasury Department.
The card James received does appear to be a legitimate stimulus payment. To answer his question, 13News consulted with the IRS and Metabank, which is the U.S. Treasury Department’s financial agent.
The photo James sent matches the photo of a real stimulus debit card that the…