AMERICANS have been warned about falling for cruel scams after a hoax claimed families would be sent a stimulus check worth up to $2,500 today.

A Facebook post, that was shared by thousands, alleged lawmakers had approved a fresh round of payments.

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Americans will not be sent a fourth stimulus check worth up to $2,500Credit: Getty
Thousands of Americans were tricked by the social media scam

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Thousands of Americans were tricked by the social media scamCredit: Facebook

It read: “And it passed for 15 minutes ago. WE GET ANOTHER STIMULUS CHECK FOR $2500 at July 30, 2021. We did it!!! The article below tells u what you need to do to receive it quickly and how to track it. I already filled out my form.”

The hoax included a link that led through to an image of an ape holding up its middle finger.

Fact-checkers at US Today confirmed the post was a scam but some Americans were left furious when they realized that had been tricked.

One blasted: “You li m f you got me (sic).”

Another said: “It is f***ing fake.”

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