A CRUEL hoax is telling Americans they would be getting a $2,500 stimulus check just as people are calling for a fourth check to make ends meet.
“It passed 10 minutes ago. They did it,” the post reads, accompanied by a photo of a hand holding a fistful of dollars next to text that reads “stimulus package.”
The post then links to an article that supposedly is meant to direct someone to get their checks “directed deposited,” but instead is redirected to a photo of an ape giving people the middle finger.
The cruel joke comes as millions of Americans are pleading with the federal government for a fourth stimulus check.
However, the White House has not said it would be releasing a new round.
Three stimulus checks have been released since the start of the pandemic, one in March 2020 for $1,200, one in December 2020 for $600 and a third for $1,400.
The last check was approved under the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, which also offered families with children more funds than what they had originally received for the first two stimulus checks.
There’s some hope, however, that the White House might actually pass a fourth stimulus package after all.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in June that the president is “open to a range of ideas” regarding a fourth check and hasn’t ruled out another round.
However, as the country moves towards recovering from Covid-19 and is slowly reopening, there seems to be little hope that a fourth check might happen after all.