A Schoolboy Gained 25,000 Twitter Followers By Posing As A Football Journalist

    He tricked the Twitterati from his own living room. Via the Financial Times.

    Over the last 18 months, @SamuelRhodes_ tweeted breaking football news, like this, to 25,000 followers.

    Describing himself in his Twitter bio as a "freelance writer" for the Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times, he communicated with professional footballers and news reporters.

    However, @SamuelRhodes_ was not a real journalist.

    At one point, he exchanged private messages with James McArthur, a footballer with Wigan Athletic.