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Millions Scammed Into Sending Money to Person Claiming He Was Elected President in 2020

August 2, 2021

Photograph from Getty
Photograph from Getty

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (The Borowitz Report)—In what is being called a widespread e-mail scam, millions of Americans have been tricked into sending money to a person claiming to have been elected President in 2020.

According to Harland Dorrinson, who heads up the National Internet Scam Bureau, the person sending the hoax e-mails claims to have had an election stolen from him and to be in desperate need of cash.

“The e-mails look very official, so it’s not surprising that so many people have been taken in,” Dorrinson said.

The scam expert said that those receiving the e-mails should take a close look at the sender’s name. “The actual President of the United States is named Joe Biden,” he said. “If the name of the person on the e-mail is something different, then it’s a fake.”

If you receive one of the fraudulent e-mails, Dorrinson said, under no conditions should you give the sender your credit-card number or any other financial information. “E-mails from a Nigerian prince are more legit,” he said.

Andy Borowitz is a Times best-selling author and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. He writes The Borowitz Report, a satirical column on the news.



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