The events unfolded in a similar manner for several of the people who reached out to the IRS via Twitter. They would submit their contact information into the government’s payout tracking portal, and the results would show that the money was scheduled to be deposited on April 15.

Only, the digits didn’t match a bank account people were familiar with.

“I was so confused,” said Aimme Saldana, 23. “I don’t know where they got that number from.” The warehouse worker in Ontario, California, planned to use the check to cover bills. “I lost two weeks of pay because I was sick. I was depending on that for my car payment.”