Death is inevitable and sooner or later we all have to surrender to death. However, many are interested in the funerals of the rich and famous, which often get a lot of media attention. This is our investigation into misleading social media posts claiming to be a collection of photos of a Kuwaiti billionaire.
Social media posts
A collection of photos has gone viral on WhatsApp, depicting the belongings of Kuwait’s richest man named Nassi Al Kharki, as shown below.
“Kuwait’s richest man, Nassi Al Kharki, is dead. He discovers all the treasures and resources. He can’t take a single thing with him. This is a sad reminder to all of us”
We’ve also seen some very recent posts circulating on Facebook along similar lines.
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We also noticed that these photos, believed to belong to Kuwait’s richest man, had been around for several years under different names. One such name was “Nasir Ul Iraqi” seen in this Facebook post.
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First, we checked the details of the viral photos on WhatsApp and Facebook posts. One photo shows a man lying in a coffin wearing bright jewelry. The other images are of a box of glittering stones, gold ingots and bars, golden bed and accessories, a jet, yacht and car, glittering stairs and bundles of dollar bills, etc.
We did a reverse image search for an image of a man lying in a coffin and found that this image depicts no man from Kuwait but a wealthy businessman from Trinidad and Tobago. The person was a real estate mogul and secondhand car dealer. The person was shot and killed by the shooters. At the time of his death, he was only 33 years old and his name was Sheron Sukhedo. Reports about this businessman and his death can be found on the Daily Mail and Metro websites. These reports can be read here and here.Archived and archived
Kuwait’s richest man
We could not find any wealthy Kuwaiti’s name with the word “Nassi Al Kharki” in the Forbes list of the richest people. And also, there was no name, Nasir Ul Hiraqi, on Forbes. The closest name we could find was Nassi Al Kharafi, a Kuwaiti businessman who died in 2011. His name was on Forbes’ list of billionaires that year. The report can be seen here. Filed
We also found that the photos of the riches belongings in the viral posts have been used by many websites previously as stock photos.
Reverse image search results
This photo is from the Bank of England in London.
We found a similar photo on the US Customs and Border Protection website with the explanation: ‘$3 million in illicit currency seized by Border Patrol officers.
A cropped version of this photo can be found on the National Geographic website. The caption of the photo reads: “Fleece”. of gold bars fill a bank vault, Pretoria, South Africa.’
The image was uploaded by a “Flickr user with the description -“Swarovski Crystal Stairs on MSC Fantasia’. “MSC Fantasia is a Fantasia-class cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises. More details can be read here.
This Luxury Crystal Benz decorated with 3,00,000 Swarovski crystals was displayed in the pavilion of a custom car accessories company at the Tokyo Auto Salon in Japan in 2009.
Our research found that the gold bed on sale at INR 5.65 lakh in a showroom can be bought anywhere through the internet. More details on this can be taken from here. Filed
The golden jet in the viral image is a Dassault Falcon 900B.
The photo of the gold-colored car was posted by ‘West Coast Customs’ on Facebook in 2015. ‘West Coast Customs’ wrote: ‘this Gold Rolls we built in 2015 for The Gumball 3000′. So this photo was taken after Nasser Al-Kharafi died. The gold colored yacht is “Khalilah”. You were created after the death of Nasser Al-Kharafi and are therefore not related to the Kuwaiti billionaires.
Hence, it is clear that the unrelated images are being shared as the property of a Kuwaiti billionaire.
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According to our investigation, it is clear that many of the images seen on the viral posts can be found in photo archives and other places on the Internet and are unrelated to a deceased Kuwaiti billionaire.
Title:The photos portray the wealth and life of a late billionaire in Kuwait. (PHOTOS) …. Find out the facts
Fact check by: Kalana Krishantha