October 22, 2022

Government agencies won’t send unsolicited texts about COVID-19 stimulus payments or anything else that asks for personal information or money.

Due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has issued three rounds of stimulus payments to Americans since the beginning of 2020. 

A viewer sent VERIFY a screenshot of a text message that read, “We are pleased to inform you that your information was randomly picked up for COVID-19 stimulus payment.” But in order to get that payment, the text asked the viewer to “kindly follow the link to complete the form.” The shortened URL took the viewer to a “.wixsite.com” link with grammatical errors on the website.

The viewer asked VERIFY to confirm if it was legitimate or not.

THE QUESTION

Is the U.S. government texting randomly selected people about COVID-19 stimulus payments?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

No, the U.S. government is not sending anyone…

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