Blackmailers threatened to reveal web conversations to teenager’s family if he refused to deposited money into a bank account
A teenager in Fife, Scotland has reportedly killed himself upon being blackmailed online, while the main cause of the suicide is being investigated by the Scotland police.
According to reports, the 17-year-old Daniel Perry from Dunfermline was trapped in online webcam conversations via Skype with someone he considered was a girl of the same age group.
Police also reported that blackmailers had threatened to reveal web conversations to Daniel’s family unless he deposited money into a bank account.
Daniel’s mother said: "It was a female that he was talking too — she was supposed to be from Illinois."
"I believe they were talking for a few months and he believed he was talking to this American girl," she said.
"But whoever is behind this scam has manipulated the footage."
A police spokesman said that it would carefully investigate Daniel’s death, as it would every case of online bullying or crime.
"Police Scotland treats any instances of cyberbullying, online threats or blackmail very seriously," spokesman said.
"Anyone who is or has been experiencing such treatment should contact the police as soon as possible."
The latest case comes after the hanging of Hannah Smith, 14, who killed herself in Leicestershire upon being reportedly harassed on the Ask.fm website.