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U.S. Treasury ends paper Social Security checks for most

In an effort to control paper waste, theft and fraud, the U.S. Treasury has mandated that starting March 1, Social Security benefits must be direct-deposited into bank accounts.

Recipients who do not arrange direct-deposit by March 1 will, however, still receive a paper check for the month of March.

You can go to this website to set up your account: http://www.godirect.org/

Brad Benson, spokesperson for the U.S. Treasury's Financial Management Services, confirmed the treasury will not suspend paper checks to recipients who do not have direct-deposit arranged by March 1.

He did say, however, that some recipients will indeed receive prepaid bank cards in place of their paper checks in an effort to encourage them to convert to direct-deposit.

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