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15-year-old commits suicide hours after being blackmailed by scammer on Facebook

Added 04-08-21 12:17:02am EST - “'I want to get the message out to parents that there is no safe social media'” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “15-year-old commits suicide hours after being blackmailed by scammer on Facebook”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A 15-year-old in upstate New York committed suicide just hours after someone he was communicating with on Facebook threatened to release embarrassing photos of him unless he paid thousands of dollars.

Riley K. Basford, a sophomore at Potsdam High School, reportedly began an online interaction with someone on Facebook before he committed suicide on March 30.

His family said the state police informed them of the interactions after they investigated the contents of Basford's cellphone.

Basford was apparently the victim of an extortion scheme that culminated with a demand for money. Police said that the other party obtained embarrassing photographs from Basford, who thought he was in a relationship, and then threatened to release them to his friends, family and on social media.

His family said he had just started a new job as a dishwasher and likely panicked because he didn't have the amount they were demanding: $3,500.

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