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Dying for attention: Why people are killing themselves online

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A LiveJournal community named fake_lj_deaths investigates suspicious deaths of journal writers (Howard Swains/CNS)

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The sleuths at fake_lj_deaths attempt to expose the fraudsters who fake their own deaths online (Howard Swains/CNS)

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The busy discussion forums at TheCatSite.com are usually concerned with all matters feline. But in January, a member claimed that his wife had died to garner sympathy from the boards (Howard Swains/CNS)

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Online deaths are not always what they seem to be. In many cases, Internet users are pretending to have died, and a group of cyber-sleuths is working to expose the fraudsters.


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