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Officials warn Americans not to mistake stimulus debit cards for junk mail

 Officials warn Americans not to mistake stimulus debit cards for junk mail  (CNN)
Officials warn Americans not to mistake stimulus debit cards for junk mail(CNN)

Officials are warning Americans not to mistake their new economic stimulus payments for junk mail.

The IRS says about 8 million people will receive their payments in debits cards mailed to their homes.

That's on top of others who will get checks in the mail.

So, government officials are asking Americans to keep an eye on their mail and make sure they don't throw their payments away.

AARP says some of its members did that, after mistaking their payments for scams.

The legitimate debits cards come in white envelopes with a Treasury Department seal.

The cards have a Visa logo in the front, and they've been issued by "meta-bank", which is displayed in the back.

The IRS also says taxpayers who received checks in the first economic stimulus last year, could now receive debit cards and vice versa.