KEY POINTS

  • Several posts claim Americans would receive $2,500 checks this July
  • A link included in the article leads to a meme
  • Lawmakers have yet to announce plans for the fourth round of checks

A social media post claiming Americans will receive another round of stimulus checks this July has been proven to be false. 

A July 15 Facebook post by Chaz Thompson claims that the U.S. Congress has passed a new legislation that would send $2,500 stimulus payments to eligible Americans by the end of the month. 

“It passed 10 minutes ago,” the post read. “EVERYONE GETS ANOTHER STIMULUS CHECK FOR $2500 on July 30, 2021. They did it! The article below tells you what you need to do to get yours direct deposited and how to receive it quicker and how to track it.”

The post was also accompanied by an external link with supposed instructions on how to track and receive the new round of checks. However, clicking the link would send readers to a page with an image of an ape giving the middle finger. 

The post, which has accumulated hundreds of shares, is only one of the many that are making the same claims on social media. Another post by a user named Xavier Alexander also claims that lawmakers have already approved another round of stimulus checks.

“And it passed 15 minutes ago. WE GET ANOTHER STIMULUS CHECK FOR $2500 at July 30, 2021,” the post read. “The article below tells u what you need to do to receive it quicker and how to track it.”

Facebook stimulus post A post about fourth stimulus checks has been tagged on Facebook as 'false information.' Photo: Facebook/ xavier.alexander

Both posts have since been marked by Facebook as “false information.”

Calls for more checks have grown in recent weeks despite the government sending out deposits as part of the Expanded Child Tax Credit program. Under the child tax credit, eligible families will receive monthly payments of $300 per child under 6 and $250 per child between 6 to 17. 

A Change.org petition for $2,000 monthly checks has already garnered 2,657,393 signatures of its 3 million goal. 

The U.S. Congress has yet to announce any plans for a fourth stimulus check. While another round of payments has received steady support, experts said the government is unlikely to send out more checks as the U.S. economy continues to recover from the effects of COVID-19, according to USA Today

Facebook says it disabled accounts linked to an Iran-based espionage effort Facebook says it disabled accounts linked to an Iran-based espionage effort Photo: AFP / OLIVIER DOULIERY