Still waiting on your stimulus check? Check your pile of junk mail

8 million Americans received stimulus debit cards
Posted at 1:49 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 15:49:41-05

BOISE, Idaho — By now, most eligible Americans have received their second stimulus payment but some people are still waiting.

Even if your first payment in 2020 was deposited directly into your bank account, this time around you may want to keep an eye on the mailbox.

The Treasury Department and IRS sent out eight million pre-paid debit cards in this round of payments that are making some people question if they're the real deal.

"We definitely have a lot of calls coming in asking ‘Is this legitimate? I got this weird thing, I’ve heard about it, is this what it looks like?” Rebecca Barr with the Better Business Bureau said.

Here's what you want to look for:

"Certain transactions might have fees associated with it. So one thing you can do is take it to your bank and have the funds put right in your bank account, and you can do that once for free," Barr said. "So you really want to take a look into those fees associated with some transactions, but they are your funds once it's activated so be careful who you're going to give that number out to."

You can check the status of your economic impact payment on the IRS website here, but be sure you're on a secure network before entering personal information.

Of course there are scammers out there trying to take advantage, so know the IRS will not be calling you for verification and will not ask you for your card number.