Boy commits suicide over webcam plot

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POLICE are investigating the death of a teenager who committed suicide after he became caught up in a webcam blackmail plot.

The 17-year-old from Dunfermline, in Fife, whose family asked that he remain anonymous, took part in online Skype conversations with someone he believed to be a girl of the same age.

Afterwards, he was contacted and told that a recording of the Skype conversations would be sent to his family unless he paid money into a bank account. The anonymous user told the teenager he would be “better off dead” if he did not pay up. The following day, July 15, his body was found in the Firth of Forth.

His mother said: “Knowing him as I do, he has felt embarrassed, horrified, and has thought he’s let everybody down.

“He was coming up for his 18th birthday so it’s not as if we could have been checking what he was doing on his laptop. He wasn’t doing anything wrong, just what anyone his age might do, but this scam is all about exploiting young people.”