A 17 Year old male from Dunfermline has committed suicide after being caught up in an online extortion scam. He jumped from the Forth Road Bridge and was rescued from the water but died soon afterwards.
The apprentice mechanic was caught when he started talking to someone online that he believed to be an American girl from Illinois of the same age. It is believed that video footage was recorded by the attempted blackmailer who then asked for money and said he would be “better off dead” if he refused to pay. An hour after receiving this message he jumped to his death. It is believed the criminals threatened to show the footage to his family and friends.
The family have asked for anonymity but his mother chose to comment:
“He was a happy laddie, not depressed and the last type of person you would think would take their life.
“Knowing him as I do, he has felt embarrassed, horrified and has thought he’s let everybody down.
“We’re a very close family and I just wished he had come to me and said something.
“I would have gone on the computer and told them to P-off.”
The thoughts and sympathies of the Fife News Online team are with the family and friends of the deceased.
Please note that although other media outlets have named the teenager, we are respecting the wishes of the family by not doing so. Please do not name the deceased in the comments.