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Romance fraud on the rise

Fraudsters are appealing to the emotions of people looking for love and making off with cash.

Romance fraud victim Michelle Boyer thought Billy Brown was the one.

"I had never felt so good about myself and then he was saying all the right things," she tells CFRA.

Just out of a 22-year relationship, she says Brown (using a suspected fake name) explained that he lived in Florida, but was working for a well-known petroleum company in Nigeria.

After about two months, she started sending him money.

$3,000 later, she realized the plan for the two of them to live in his Florida home would never come to fruition.

"I was heartbroken," Boyer says.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre says 900 people lost a total of $13-million in romance scams last year.

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