A 6-year-old Arizona girl battling cancer now has something else to worry about.
Aliyah Kastrat's mother, Nichol Gragg, recently discovered that her daughter is the victim of "catfishing," according to 12 News and Facebook. "Catfishing" occurs when someone uses another's identity online to lure others in.
Someone recently took photos from the community Facebook page that Gragg set up for Kastrat, chronicling her battle with cancer, and set up a fake Facebook page. On the fake page, however, a different woman is seen posing in the pictures with Kastrat, and Gragg believes the page is being used to solicit money.
"I am so proud of you Ally," one post on the fake page reads. "Mommy loves you."
"My baby girl won the fight against the beast, cancer sucks and my baby girl fought and won," another reads.
Gragg does not know who has been posting on the fake page, but Gragg said that it is not somebody in her family.
“It makes me so angry that people are out there like this,” she told 12 News.
In February 2013, doctors diagnosed Kastrat with a bone cancer called osteosarcoma, according to the family's real Facebook page. Kastrat is one of the youngest people to ever have the disease, as it usually occurs in adolescents between the ages of 10 and 12.
Kastrat has no more signs of cancer in her body. Though she is in remission, she will continue to need more surgeries until she is fully grown. Her bones are very brittle, so she has to wear a body cast on her legs, pelvis and chest. She hopes it will be removed in five months or so.
On top of this, Kastrat and her family now need to watch out for whoever has been "catfishing" with their identity.
“We have gone through so much already then have to (deal) with this and worry about all this,” Gragg said.
"It's sickening, very disturbing," she added.
While she has contacted Facebook and the police, she said that the worst part of this ordeal was having to warn Kastrat about the unknown woman in the Facebook pictures.
“I had to tell her (to be extra safe) and if you see this person yell,” Gragg said.
They have begun watermarking their photos in an attempt to dissuade whoever is doing this.