A supposedly wealthy teenager earned the title of "Instagram's Most Hated Man" and more unprintable epithets by posting photos of himself flaunting his cash and designer possessions.

One of the many photos Param Shah has posted on Instagram under the name @ItslavishbitchInstagram/itslavishbitch

He posts under the name @itslavishbitch, but appears to be an 18-year-old named Param Shah, based in San Francisco. It is thought he may be the son of an Indian billionaire – or just a fake.

After receiving a lot of media attention last year, he stopped posting to Instagram for a while, but he's back and is just as condescending as ever, referring to his followers as peasants, while flashing his cash, iPhones, Louis Vuitton luggage and Rolex watches.

Is he for real or a troll? No one seems to know for sure. Many people have claimed he's just a regular kid who buys counterfeit dollar bills and fake watches on eBay.

Either way, he winds up a lot of people – he has about 375,000 followers, most of whom leave scathing comments.

eat my greens
"Mama always told me to eat my greens bitch"Instagram/itslavishbitch
ipad box
"Today I found this in my iPad Mini box, and I don't even want the cash."Instagram/itslavishbitch
"I use my iPhones as playing cards, watcha use?"Instagram/itslavishbitch
He posted photos of Kanye West's Yeezy Nike trainers, including the exclusive Red October ones, which sold out within 11 minutes and are now advertised on Ebay for as much as £5,000 (and as little as £35.99...)Instagram/itslavishbitch
push start
"I push to start while you commoners keep twisting to start"Instagram/itslavishbitch
"My dog is better than the peasents #louisdog"Instagram/itslavishbitch
He posted this comment on Kim Kardashian's Instagram page, calling her a peasantInstagram/itslavishbitch
"150K bandz for this timepiece. @floydmayweather your watches are all cheap and low class. You can't compete with me."Instagram/itslavishbitch

It seems he likes to throw his money around. He has had several competitions with huge cash prizes – and claims to have given away more than $100,000 to random followers on Instagram.

To "prove" that the giveaways are real, he has posted photos of the recipients. However, journalists have never had any luck tracking down the winners.

60k giveway
"Lavish is giving away 60K all in cash. That's more than yo life's earnings. Rules: Like this picture, follow me, and comment what you would do with the money and then tag a friend in the contest. Winner will be chosen completely at random. Winner will be given cash personally. Go to YouTube.com/itslavishbitch for more info. So begin begging peasants."Instagram/itslavishbitch
60k winner
" $6Ok winner is @theredwood_ . We discussed the details and I am flying out on Friday to meet him. Thank you all for participating."Instagram/itslavishbitch
60k winner photo
"The winner @theredwood_ got his racks."Instagram/itslavishbitch

Not content with giving his money to random strangers, he claimed to have sent $4,000 off into the ether, tied to a bunch of helium balloons.

He posted photos of himself releasing balloons with thousands of dollars tied to them, with the caption: "Flying away bandz"Instagram/itslavishbitch

To dispel all the doubters and haters, he posted a video of himself rifling through a stack of hundred dollar bills.

The doubters and haters pointed out that all of the serial numbers looked suspiciously similar, but he told Vice Magazine: "When you take out large sums of money from your bank account they're generally newly minted. You'll notice the serial numbers are ordered."

So... troll or rich kid? Take a look at his Instagram account and make up your own mind.