An emotional video of Brisbane boy Quaden Bayles (left), taken by his mother Yarraka (right), showing him breaking down in tears after being targeted by bullies went viral
Vile Trolls have created fake social media accounts in an attempt to profit from the bullying of a nine-year-old boy with dwarfism.
An emotional video of Brisbane boy Quaden Bayles, taken by his mother Yarraka, showing him breaking down in tears after being targeted by bullies went viral, and has seen him inundated with support from celebrities, sports stars and the general public.
A fundraiser started by comedian Brad Williams to send Quaden to Disneyland has raised more than $400,000, and celebrities including actor Hugh Jackman, broadcaster Piers Morgan and rugby league star Johnathan Thurston have shared encouraging messages.
On Saturday, Quaden's Instagram account 'Quadosss' warned his 226,000 followers that fake social media accounts claiming to be him and trying to take advantage of his situation were being created.
'WARNING!!!! FAKE ACCOUNTS! PLEASE REPORT ASAP!' Quaden's account posted to Instagram, along with a screenshot of a fake Twitter account using his name. The fake account also retweeted false posts that claimed Quaden was actually an 18-year-old man, and not a nine-year-old primary school student.
Ms Bayles also shared a post on social media criticising conspiracy theories about her son.
Quaden Bayles' Instagram account 'Quadosss' warned his 226,000 followers that fake accounts were being created in a post on Saturday morning
On Saturday, Quaden's Instagram account 'Quadosss' warned his 226,000 followers that fake social media accounts (left) claiming to be him and trying to take advantage of his situation were being created
She shared a post written by a woman who has known Quaden before his video went viral.
'Yes he's nine. Dwarfism is not a joke. Is he a model or actor?... so are a lot of kids... that doesn't mean s**t,' the post shared by Ms Bayles said.
'His mother made the post because she was overwhelmed and enraged with the bullying. I understand her to the fullest.
'Never did she ask for money... Never did they say they were broke. Never did they ask for this.'
One of the fake accounts has pictures of Quaden and urges followers to 'pay my GoFundMe' and has a link to donate.
Social media users have been debating whether Quaden is a child since his story broke