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The government won’t text you to exchange info for stimulus money

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 “” link with grammatical errors on the website.

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


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



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

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