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The Internal Revenue Service’s prepaid debit card mailing was launched on May 18th. The recipients should have received an Economic Impact Payment, but things didn’t go as expected.

Recipients en masse regard these cards as the fraud activities. This info was summarized by Iowa Attorney Tom Miller during the press conference. The cards look ordinary: simple paper envelope without additional design item excluding band and card payment system’s logos, and also “Services for Money Network Cardholders” statement.

A simplicity like that made people suspicious. Jacké Dollar is one of the recipients. She is an elderly 70+ years old woman who works in a nursing home in Des Moines, Iowa. She immediately destroyed the plastic card upon receipt. The woman notes that she eliminated it without a second thought because it looks like a regular spam. She was too busy with her work, and there was no time to understand the situation. Only sometime later she found out that the card was approved financial help. Jacké Dollar does not intend to give up this money, and she tries to restore the card.

Economic Impact Payments offers up to $ 1,200 in addition to all single taxpayers in need. The IRS has decided against sending paper checks in the mail in favor of plastic cards. The government service notes that a thorough analysis of the needs of citizens for financial assistance was made by fiscal service.

They have also previously stated that this type of financial assistance would not be linked to major payment accounts. Two methods of sending help were presented: with the necessary bank details of the recipient (direct money transfer), or without it. In the second case, they sent letters with plastic cards using the addresses from the documents.


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