Some residents to receive stimulus money on debit cards

Published 9:20 am Saturday, June 6, 2020

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BATON ROUGE –The U.S. Treasury Department has begun distributing Economic Impact Payments to eligible individuals via prepaid debit cards.

Attorney General Jeff Landry is addressing concerns regarding the validity of these stimulus monies.
“It is great that Louisiana consumers are being cautious in the wake of the many coronavirus scams we have seen,” Landry said. “I want our state to know that the federal government is indeed sending debit cards to some people and that those recipients should follow all directions provided with the prepaid cards.”
Consumers, who are receiving EIP cards because the IRS did not have their bank account information, should be aware that the prepaid debit cards will arrive in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services.” The cards are Visa branded and are issued by MetaBank. Detailed instructions on how to easily activate the card will be included in the envelope.
Please follow the directions provided with the prepaid card and make sure to use for accurate information about the card. Activation includes inputting your card number, the last six digits of your Social Security number and the three-digit security code from the back of your card. It may also include providing your name and address or answering other identity verification questions.
When activating your card, select a secure PIN number and do not share this number with anyone. Visit to locate surcharge-free ATMs for cash withdrawals, to view the fee schedule and cardholder agreement information, and to get answers to questions regarding the card. Be on guard against any non-official scam websites, text messages, or phone calls requesting your card number, PIN or other personal and financial information.
For more information about Economic Impact Payments, visit
Digital copies of a sample card, a card mailer and a mailer insert may be viewed and downloaded at