FACT CHECK: Is FEMA Offering Americans $1,000 In Coronavirus Relief?
A viral Facebook post claims people can apply to receive a second, $1,000 stimulus payment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through a specific link.
The link to the supposed application is a hoax. FEMA states on its website that it is not currently offering assistance to individuals and families affected by coronavirus.
In late March, President Donald Trump signed into law a stimulus package that included direct payments of $1,200 to many Americans, a move meant to help alleviate the economic burden of the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers and Americans have called for a second round of stimulus payments, and claims related to such a development have surfaced on social media.
A viral Facebook post claims Americans can apply for a second, $1,000 payment from FEMA through a provided link, saying, “Make sure you guys fill out the application for FEMA assistance so you can get that $1000 check next week. Everyone can get a FEMA Check Follow The Link ASAP.”
But the supposed application link is a hoax. The provided link directs people to an image of a gorilla with its middle finger extended, not an application on the FEMA website. The image has previously been used in a false claim related to stimulus payments.
When asked about the claim, a FEMA spokesperson directed the Daily Caller News Foundation to the “Coronavirus Rumor Control” section of the agency’s website. FEMA states there, “Scammers are using COVID-19 to take advantage of people. Don’t trust anyone who tells you they can get you money now.”
“At this time, there is no assistance available through FEMA to individuals and families affected by coronavirus,” the agency says in another section of its website. (RELATED: Did Trump Tweet That He Won’t Send Coronavirus Stimulus Checks To People Who Tweet ‘#NotMyPresident’?)
The House passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, which would authorize a second round of stimulus payments, in May, according to CBS News. It has not passed the Senate at the time of publication.
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