Be Careful, the Stimulus Payments Look Like Junk Mail

Mish

Leave it to the government to design stimulus checks that look like junk mail.

This is a public service announcement.

That junk-looking credit card solicitation, just might not be junk.

The latest round of stimulus checks was issued in the form of prepaid debit cards — in plain white envelopes that don't bear any federal markings. 

Some people are throwing their stimulus payments away. 

The debit cards come in envelopes that say "Money Network Cardholder Services" and do not bear any federal markings.

Others received checks from the IRS.

Fees Apply

Note that some Fees Apply.

Who concocted this program?

Mish

Comments (33)
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Sechel
Sechel

what the hell? what moron designed this? i get real spam that looks more legitimate

xil
xil

i don't think you're likely to see return service requested on junk mail because i expect that costs the sender money when usps utilizes.

njbr
njbr

Randy Newman, 1999, was a visionary---Big Hat, No Cattle

Since I was a child
I've tried to be what I'm not
I've lied and I've enjoyed it all my life
I lied to my dear mother
To my sisters and my brother
And now I'm lying to my children and my wife
Big Hat, no cattle
Big head, no brain
Big snake, no rattle
I forever remain
Big hat, no cattle
I knew from the start
Big boat, no paddle
Big belly, no heart

Can't remember why I do it
Oh, maybe I can
An honest man these days is hard to find
I only know we're living in an unforgiving land
And a little lie can buy some real big piece of mind

Oftimes I wondered what might I have become
Had I but buckled down and really tried
But when it came down to the wire
I called my family to my side
Stood up straight, threw my head back and I lied, lied,lied

Big hat, no cattle
Big shoes, well you know...
Big horse, no saddle
He goes wherever I go

Big hat, no cattle
Right from the start
Big guns, no battle
Big belly, no heart

When it came down to the wire
I called my little family to my side
Stood up straight, threw my head back and I lied, lied,lied
Lied, lied, lied

Big hat, no cattle
Big head, no brain
Big snake, no rattle
I forever remain
Big hat, no cattle
I knew from the start
Big boat, no paddle
Big belly, no heart
Big boat, no paddle
Big belly, no heart

Carl_R
Carl_R

I presume these are going to people with no checking account. Had they sent a check, those people would have been forced to take it to a "check cashing" loan shark, who would take 10% off the top. With a card, the recipient would get 100% of the benefit. Then some bureaucrat decided that theft would have been rampant had they clearly marked them as "stimulus payments", keeping in mind that a prepaid card would be easy for any person to use, not just the intended recipient.

It's a lose-lose situation. Regardless of how the government tries to get money to people with no checking account, there are going to be fees, theft, and lost payments.

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

"Who concocted this program?"

...

Kudlow?

Did a double take when he said The Administration considering a "back to work bonus" (to counteract the $600 / week ... on top of state UE benefits ... given to UE). Amazing.

JonSellers
JonSellers

The Trump administration at its best: thoughtless half-assery...

silvermitt
silvermitt

So for all of you that dislike any of the ideas or venues chosen to get the money to everyone chosen by the current government body, have you any better choices? The perfect solution? I'm amazed at all the disgruntled commentary and lack of any rational solution offerings.

So, to quote Gaiman-Pratchett's character, Aziraphale, "Got any better ideas? One single better idea?"

Greenmountain
Greenmountain

And even better - when you get a stimulus deposit in your checking account, it is followed by a letter from the president explaining that the stimulus was deposited. It arrives over a month after the deposit and of course signed by the President. What a waste of federal money - but another excuse for the president to take credit.

Zardoz
Zardoz

Not surprising at all. Trump is the junk mail, infomercial, real estate seminar, trashy scammer in chief. Even his signature looks like something you'd see in junk mail. Everything he does is a scam.

gregggg
gregggg

Yep, it's cheesy, but so was Trump appearing on an Israeli token with King Cyrus. I guess that was a preview of coming attractions. Our nation is now a ship without a rudder.

Webej
Webej

Just a quick question. Is there some form of authentication/activation with these debit cards?
Or can you just take one out of the trash and use it, assuming you are not challenged for ID?


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