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    • #392163
      Pam2
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      I just got one today. The return address is Omaha, Nebraska so be careful you don’t throw it out if you get one.

      It’s blue with white stars on it. I got a check last time, so I was surprised to get a card this time.

       

       

    • #392176
      gordyfl
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      I got a check last time, too. Today I went to the government website and they said my stimulus was sent out yesterday. Now I’ll be looking for a check or a blue card with stars. Thanks.

    • #392388
      snot
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      or do they have to be used like a (surveillable) credit card?

      I’m aggravated too not to have heard any news of this – for all I know, I already threw it out.

      Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.

    • #392391
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      @snot

      There was a rather complicated option to get the money transferred to your bank account, which I ended up using. I think they also said it can be used at certain ATMs.

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      • #392396
        snot
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        @Pam2!

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    • #392441
      doh1304
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      that gives out cards to companies that use the “independent contractor” scam so that the company doesn’t have to carry cash (or have bookkeeping costs – I’m familiar because my taxi company tried it) I only used it for groceries. (we made them stop after a couple of months) You could add money to them, but there was a fee. I don’t know, but if it’s the same scam don’t be surprised to get a card with $1800 on it. Pam2- you can ask the next time you use the card how much money is on it. I think cleerks can tell you, though that might only apply when the card runs out of money. It was a decade ago)

      This is the “cashless society” scam – the banks make a mint. You don’t think about how much you’re spending, so you spend 30% more (per credit card industry data, albeit old data) and the bank assesses a transaction fee whenever you use it. (that’s why the “trace your activity” fear – like the NSA and the STASSI before it tracking billions of transactions is absurd, they’re in it for the money)

    • #392522
      Pam2
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      @doh1304

      The card I got was the official stimulus payment. It’s not a scam. I transferred the money to an account so I won’t be using the card in the store.

       

       

      • #392587
        doh1304
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        the “scam” I referred to was the possibility of having to pay a deposit fee to a private bank for a government check, or the government paying in our name.  It sounded like something Reagan would do.

    • #392527
      incognito
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      that anyone who has previously provided their bank information to the IRS will receive a direct deposit in their account. So, if your first stimulus check was deposited, this one will be too.

      If you didn’t provide banking info and received a check last time, this time it will be a debit card.

      Now they can track exactly how it’s spent. I would cash it in at a Western Union. If that can be done. I’ve never used a debit card. 😊

      • #392579
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        Ever since Ed Snowden revealed just how much information the NSA can glean, and since ISPs and online businesses “share” our information so freely with each other, convenience trumped paranoia with me. It doesn’t make it right, but that’s just the way it is unless some major changes are made and enforced, which isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

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        • #392597
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          I like thinking they can’t track where my money is spent. It’s none of their business.

          I was thinking, pertaining to the stimulus checks, that if they see you spend your stimulus money in a frivolous way…that they don’t approve of, will give them a needed excuse to not give anymore.

          Why else would they change from checks to debit?


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    • #392601
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      “If you are eligible to receive a second round payment the form of payment for the second mailed EIP may be different than for the first mailed EIP. Some people who received a paper check last time might receive a debit card this time, and some people who received a debit card last time may receive a paper check”

      ” the federal government is not allowed to ask the card issuer about your Card account and the card issuer is not allowed to give the government information about your Card account without your written permission, except under very limited circumstances.”  (question about tracking purchases)

      • #392606
        incognito
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        that’s what they say, but what they do is an entirely different thing.

        I trust absolutely nothing the government says.

    • #392615
      Pam2
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      @incognito

      Yes, they could be lying, but as I mentioned above, you don’t have to use the debit card in stores. There are other options to use the money. I would have preferred a check instead of a card but oh well, I got a card.

      🤷‍♀️

       

       

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      djean111
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        incognito
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        @djean111

        I’m hoping they do a direct deposit since they do have all my bank info from filing taxes, but if they send a debit card, this will definitely help me transfer the funds into my account.

        I saved the link…

        Thanks! 👍

    • #392636
      sonofspy777
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      Government has my checking accnt (SS)…They sent me and my wife checks ($600/ea) arrived today.

      yay.

       

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    • #392668
      sadoldgirl
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      I would be very careful with these cards. There is a lot of

      scamming going on in my state at least. Mostly they seem to

      involve unemployment money. They have been sent to several

      wrong people, who have come forward to expose this fraud.

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