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About the PA Treasury
 
Rob McCord, State Treasurer

 

Government has an obligation to operate and offer services in the most efficient manner possible, but that doesn’t mean we should penalize the people we’re trying to serve. Working with Chase, we’ve developed a national model for how to pay benefits via a debit card in a way that does not ‘nickel and dime’ recipients with high fees and excessive transaction costs. Instead, workers who have earned benefits – and need those dollars to get through hard times – will have more resources to survive and support their families. I want every Pennsylvanian to have a shot at economic security. That requires access to fair and sound financial products, which is exactly what we’re providing with this new debit card program.

Rob McCord, State Treasurer

 

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Important Notes:

Treasury has followed closely media reports this week of a cyber attack targeting several large banks including JP Morgan Chase (Chase). Treasury contracts with Chase to provide debit cards and related support for some Unemployment Compensation and State Workers' Insurance Fund recipients.

According to the media reports, Chase is cooperating with federal investigators to determine the source of the attack and its impact. Although several reports mention only Chase personal customer checking and savings accounts as having been compromised, Chase has advised Treasury that it is unable to say at this time whether data related to government programs in Pennsylvania or elsewhere has been affected by the reported breaches. Chase has told Treasury that is has found no indication of fraud or theft of funds to this point on these or any of its various business platforms as a result of this incident. Treasury has asked for daily reports from Chase until it determines whether government programs have been affected.

Anyone with a gold Chase debit card issued for Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation and SWIF programs with questions should contact Chase at 866-586-1706.

Unfortunately, cyber attacks have become more frequent. Treasury encourages everyone with bank or credit union accounts, debit cards associated with those accounts, or credit cards to monitor those accounts closely for any unauthorized or suspicious transactions. Contact your financial institution or card issuer immediately to report such activity. Protect account numbers, along with online access information such as user names and PINs at all times.

Treasury is aware of a current “phishing” scam in which callers are asked to contact a toll free 866 number and enter their personal information regarding their MasterCard® debit card. The department is committed to keeping your personal information secure and confidential. For your protection, never give out your debit card or PIN number. Treasury will never contact you by phone, asking you to call a toll free number which requires you to enter this personal information.

Program Highlights

  • Free withdrawals at over 3,800 ATMs in Pennsylvania,
  • Free online bill pay
  • Free unlimited balance inquiries at in- and out-of-network ATMs
  • Free smartphone app to locate in-network ATMs. 
  • $5.2 million in savings to cardholders


You have access to a dedicated website and mobile apps for Androids and iPhones to help you locate the nearest fee-free ATMs from the over 3,800 ATMs in Pennsylvania or 83,000 nationwide. Click below to learn more.

You have access to free online bill pay services with your card. Log into your account at www.ucard.chase.com to learn more.

You are able to make transfers from your debit card to your personal account without a fee. Log into your account at www.ucard.chase.com to learn more.

MoneyPass and Allpoint ATMs are typically located in establishments you already frequent, such as grocery stores, gas stations, and pharmacies. Popular locations in Pennsylvania include 7-Eleven, CVS, Dunkin Donuts, Get-Go, Hess, Rite Aid, Sheetz, Sunoco, Target, and WaWa.


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