Fact check: Claim that a 4th stimulus check is scheduled for July is a hoax

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The claim: Stimulus check of up to $2,500 approved for July 30

Low- and moderate-income families across the U.S. started receiving up to $300 in monthly payments per child under the newly expanded Child Tax Credit on July 15.

But that's not the only federal aid Americans can expect to see in July, claim some on social media.

"It passed 10 minutes ago! Everyone gets another stimulus check for $2500 on July 30, 2021. They did it!" reads one July 15 Facebook post that has since received about 500 shares, and is among many making the same claim on the social media platform.

All the posts provide an external link with supposed instructions on how to get the promised stimulus check directly deposited. Clicking the link, however, sends users to an image of an ape giving the middle finger.

USA TODAY has reached out to the posters for comment.

The ape picture might indicate some Facebook users are sharing the claim as a joke. But comments beneath various posts show others are taking it seriously.

"Is this true?" asked one user under a similar July 15 post.

No, it's not.

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Plans for a fourth stimulus check unlikely

The claim is a hoax. No fourth stimulus check for July 30 has been announced by Congress.

This is not the first time such a claim has circulated on social media. In May, a Facebook post alleged a direct payment of $2,000 per person would be arriving by Memorial Day weekend, which USA TODAY debunked.

The first round of coronavirus stimulus aid of up to $1,200 was sent out in April 2020. Since then two additional batches were approved by Congress, in December 2020 and March this year.

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While some Democratic lawmakers have clamored for increased federal aid, including a fourth round of stimulus, the latter is unlikely to happen, USA TODAY has previously reported.

What eligible Americans will be receiving instead through President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan passed in March are payments through the Child Tax Credit and extended unemployment benefits.

Our rating: False

Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim a stimulus check of up to $2,500 has been approved for July 30. Since the third stimulus check in March, there have been pushes for a fourth round of COVID-19 pandemic aid, but none has been approved as of yet.

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