Our previous PODCAST explained why people need to be careful with the Federal Stimulus Debit Card – it arrived at millions of homes over past two weeks and some people actually threw it away thinking it was junk mail. Here’s a newspaper article on this issue: Is it junk mail? Don’t throw away that card, it’s your stimulus payment
Consider this new 2:10 minute podcast Part II:
In this podcast I discuss:
1-If you did throw away your debit card, you can get a replacement by calling Meta Bank at 800-240-8100. There is a $7.50 replacement fee.
2-Be careful with fees when using this debit card. Here are examples: ATM balance inquiry ($0.25), out of network ATM withdrawals ($2 after initial one), and over the counter cash withdrawals from bank teller ($5 after initial one). Also, please note there is a $1,000 ATM withdrawal limit (per transaction/per day).
3-The IRS has a webpage where you can check on status of your stimulus payment:
As always, if you need help with consumer protection issues in Westchester, call the Consumer Protection Department at 914-995-2155 or email us at ConPro@westchestergov.com.
Jim serves as the Westchester County Consumer Protection Director