15-Year-Old Blackmailed in Catfish Scam Commits Suicide

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Published on April 17, 2021 by

A 15-year-old from New York died by suicide after his family says he was cyberbullied in a ploy that saw him blackmailed for $3,500, or else see “personal” photos of him be released onto the internet. After he signed up for Facebook, Riley Basford got a friend request which appeared to be from a college student named “Megan.” The person on the other end of the account allegedly wooed the teenager and convinced him to send explicit pictures of himself, his father told Inside Edition.

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