12:10PM, Friday 29 August 2014
The Windsor Boys' School pupil Joseph Edwards died on Wednesday, August 6, after receiving an email from a bogus account pretending to be the police which demanded money.
The 17-year-old, who had autism, has been hailed as a 'loving boy' with a 'quirky sense of humour' by mum Jackie, and was described as being incredibly close to his sister Georgia.
Jackie said: "Joseph was a very loving boy. He had a quirky sense of humour, and was just starting to develop his confidence and in many ways he was a typical teenager, despite being autistic.
"He was a sensible, calm, kind and gentle boy – those are all words people are using about him, but his friends have also told me they will remember him as 'a crazy dancer'."
Keen football fan Joseph was a frequent visitor to the Games Workshop in Thames Avenue, Windsor, where he played Warhammer, and excelled in media while attending the boys' school in Maidenhead Road.
Jackie wishes to warn other parents with autistic children to look out for internet scams which she described as 'dangerous'.
She said: "Joseph was subjected to a scam on the internet, a threatening, fake police link that was asking for money. I never saw it.
"He would have taken it literally because of his autism and he didn't want to upset Georgia or me.
"The internet is an amazing thing, but it can also be dangerous and I want parents to make sure their children are aware of this sort of scam, especially autistic children, because they will not understand."
Jackie thanked friends, family, Joseph's friends, and staff at The Windsor Boys' School, and said she was overwhelmed by the number of people who had contacted her.
An inquest is set to take place on January 22 at Windsor Guildhall.
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