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article imageTeen commits suicide over Skype blackmail

By Layne Weiss     Aug 16, 2013 in Internet
Scottish Daniel Perry, 17 killed himself after becoming the victim of an online blackmail scam on Skype. The blackmailers threatened if Perry didn't pay up, they'd share a recording of the conversation he was having with some girl.
Perry had believed he was simply talking to a girl his own age from the United States. But blackmailers suddenly jumped into the Skype Chat and warned the teen they'd share a recording of the conversation and that he'd be "better off dead" if he didn't pay up, The Daily Dot reports.
Within an hour, Perry jumped from a bridge near his home. He was rescued by a lifeboat, but died shortly after.
Daniel's mother Nicolia believes her son felt "embarrassed, horrified," and as if he had let everybody down.
He had also been targeted by bullies on the Q&A site
News of this tragedy comes on the heels of the suicide of British teenager Hannah Smith who hanged herself after being bullied on She visited the site to ask about the skin condition, eczema.
Hannah's funeral was held Friday. Mourners were asked by her father to wear bright colored clothing instead of black, CNN reports. has already been linked to the deaths of four teenagers, The Telegraph reports.
Daniel Perry's mother Nicolia wants to visit schools to help prevent more of these tragedies, The Daily Dot reports. "If I can stop this from happening to other young people, then I'll feel I have done something for him," she said.
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