AMERICANS have been warned about falling for cruel scams after a hoax claimed families would be sent a stimulus check worth up to $2,500 today.
A Facebook post, that was shared by thousands, alleged lawmakers had approved a fresh round of payments.
It read: “And it passed for 15 minutes ago. WE GET ANOTHER STIMULUS CHECK FOR $2500 at July 30, 2021. We did it!!! The article below tells u what you need to do to receive it quickly and how to track it. I already filled out my form.”
The hoax included a link that led through to an image of an ape holding up its middle finger.
Fact-checkers at US Today confirmed the post was a scam but some Americans were left furious when they realized that had been tricked.
One blasted: “You li m f you got me (sic).”
Another said: “It is f***ing fake.”
A Facebook user said: “Lying a**”, as the claims were being circulated by several accounts on the social networking site.
Social media hoaxes are common as it was claimed lawmakers would approve a check worth $2,000 before the Memorial Day weekend.
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That post was shared nearly 250 times.
Fact-checkers debunked this allegation and an extra round of stimulus cash was not introduced.
It has been four months since Congress signed the America Rescue Plan into law, providing millions of eligible Americans with checks of up to $1,400.
Lawmakers continue to pressure Joe Biden into introducing another round of checks but nothing has been decided.
There is hope, however, as according to financial expert Tom’s guide, any future payment would likely be given out in two formats, either in small chunks or in a big one-time payment of up to $2000.
And, lawmakers from the House Ways and Means Committee said a future stimulus payment would “provide certainty” to families.
A Change.org petition started last year by Denver-based restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin has passed more than three million signatures.
Bonin’s petition calls for $2,000 monthly payments for adults and $1,000 for children until the pandemic’s end.
She urges lawmakers to target stimulus checks at Americans struggling with childcare expenses and rental payments.
It’s estimated that more than 169million payments have been issued by the IRS since the checks were signed into law in March.