This Is An EIP Card — It Is Money

Attorney General Peter F. Neronha reminds Rhode Islanders that some individuals will receive their one-time federal stimulus payment in the mail on a prepaid debit card. His office has received several inquiries from Rhode Islanders questioning the legitimacy of these cards. Neronha advises:

“We have heard from individuals who were skeptical about receiving a prepaid debit card in the mail or even mistook it for junk mail. Rhode Islanders should know that the federal government has indeed provided stimulus payments in this manner to a smaller subset of eligible people. Individuals are encouraged to contact our Office with questions or concerns related to Economic Impact Payment Cards.”

So what happens if you thought your EIP card (Economic Impact Payments) was a promotion of some sort and tossed the card in the trash, and you no longer have the number? The Washington Post has the whole story:

If you have lost or thrown out the stimulus debit card, you’ll have to call 800-240-8100 for a free replacement, according to directions at The cards are issued by MetaBank, but the guidance is woefully lacking from there. Many people give up when prompted to put in their card number.

When you call, ignore the instructions to press Option 1 to reach customer service. Instead, choose Option 2 for a lost or stolen card. Then you need to select Option 1 to input the last six digits of your Social Security number as well as your Zip code. From there, you should be transferred to a person in customer service, where you have to answer some security questions before a replacement card is mailed. Berliner was asked the color of a previously owned car.

One of President Biden’s first tasks will be to refund and restaff the IRS . . . and the FDA, and the EPA, and the DOJ, and CDC, and the NIH, and NOAA, and OSHA . . .

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