Police trace teen's blackmail death to the Philippines

British police investigating the death of 17-year-old Daniel Perry, who took his own life after being blackmailed by strangers online, have been involved in a major international operation targeting cyber-crime in the Philippines.

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Blackmailed teen 'another faceless victim to exploit'

A teenager who took his own life after being blackmailed by strangers online is "every parent's worst nightmare", his mother has said.

Nicola Perry said that Daniel, 17, was left traumatised by the ordeal. She added:

Whoever was at the other end of that computer did not know Daniel. They didn't care that he was a loving and caring person with his whole life ahead of him. To them, he was just another faceless victim to exploit for cash.

Losing Daniel has left us all devastated and we are still trying to come to terms with what has happened.

Police Scotland: 'No hiding place' for online criminals

Interpol, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and authorities in the Philippines joined a major criminal inquiry after a British teenager, who was blackmailed online, took his own life.

Police Scotland said Daniel Perry, 17, from Dunfermline in Fife lost his life due to cyber-crime linked to the Philippines. Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham, of major crime and public protection, said:

Our message is clear: Our focus is on keeping people safe and there is no hiding place - anywhere in the world - if you are a criminal and you undertake this type of activity, which preys on those who might be the most vulnerable and susceptible to coercion and blackmail.

A young Scottish teenager lost his life as a result of this online activity. The impact on his family, friends and wider community cannot be imagined.

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