Stimulus check update – Here are the key steps to take if your relief cash was scammed or stolen

MILLIONS of stimulus checks have been sent by now but you may have not received yours yet for a number of reasons including theft. 

If you believe that your check has been stolen or scammed, you can report it to the Federal Trade Commission and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) through an online resource that will help you claim back your money.

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You could also track your money with USPS service which could send you a picture of every item of mail that was delivered to you including your stimulus cash, according to CNET.

In total, Americans received three stimulus checks since 2020.

The first round of checks was authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, that President Donald Trump signed on March 27, 2020.

The payments for the first checks were $1,200 per person, or $2,400 for those filing jointly, plus $500 per qualifying child.

In December 2020, the second round of stimulus checks was sent out as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act.

The payments for the second checks were $600 per person, or $1,200 for married individuals, plus $600 for each qualifying child.


One year following the first checks, the third round of stimulus checks was sent out earlier in March under the American Rescue Plan.

The payments for the third checks was $1,400 per person, or $2,800 for married couples, plus an additional $1,400 per eligible child.

Calls for a fourth stimulus check to be sent to all Americans continue to grow, after Joe Biden warned that anyone receiving unemployment who is offered a "reasonable job" must take it or face losing their benefit payments.

Biden issued the warning in a speech from the White House on Monday, shortly after releasing a disappointing government report that found the US economy added just 260,000 jobs in April.

That figure fell well below the more than the million new jobs that had been projected.


Republican critics have said expanded unemployment benefits passed under Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan are to blame, claiming American's can now earn more by staying at home rather than working.

Biden rubbished those claims in his address, insisting that "Americans want to work."

But for those attempting to game the system, the president said there will be consequences.

"We're going to make it clear that anyone collecting unemployment, who is offered a suitable job must take the job or lose their unemployment benefits," Biden said.

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