The 17 year old teenager Joseph Edwards from Windsor, Berkshire had received an scam email which claimed that he had viewed illegal websites and that a fine of 100 pound needed to be paid in order to stop the police from pursuing him.
Joseph Edwards was an a teenager with autism, and investigations are claiming that Joseph Edwards has hanged himself after receiving the internet scam mail. The research claims that he took the internet scam very seriously and that he became upset.
The report on dailymail states that the malicious message was send with a logo of the Cheshire Police. Berkshire is served by the Thames Valley Police and not the Cheshire Police department.
The mother of Joseph Edwards has left various statements towards the dangers of the internet. The mother of the deceased has also started various campaigns to raise awareness on the dangers which are luring on the internet.
It surprised me that the police claimed that they are unable to track down the origin of the malicious mail. A little bit of effort would allow the police some insight on the origin of the email, but hey – let the police do their job right?!
Another point which suprised me is the fact that a virus was downloaded. In most cases a virus will try to make a connection to a domain or IP. This would allow further investigation?
Police ransomware, malware and scams will remain active as long as the internet is active. It is important to learn how to identify scams and malicious environments if you are going to use the internet.