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Online romance scams cost Americans $304 million in the COVID era

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Americans lost a record $304 million to romance scammers in 2020, up from $201 million in 2019, according to a new report from SocialCatfish.com.

The numbers are projected to increase further when the 2021 government numbers are released since more people have looked for love online since COVID-19 began.

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News 6 interviewed two recent victims of the online deceptions: Alec Robinson, a Tampa clothing designer who has been fighting to get his photos pulled from various dating and social media sites, and Rebecca D’Antonio, an Orlando woman who lost her life savings to an international imposter.

Robinson, a retired marine, told News 6 a friend spotted his photograph on a dating site eight years ago.

In that profile, a…

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