A set of images that shows piles of cash on a street has gone viral on social media. A Facebook user posted two such images along with the caption, “People in Italy threw their wealth on the streets. They say it’s of no use anymore. Similarly, other users on Facebook and Twitter also shared these images with the same caption.
A Twitter user @ynm_xo also posted shared the images and wrote in English, “Italians threw their money on the streets saying it is of no use, since you can’t even buy life with your own money.”
Alt News has received fact-check requests on its official Android application for a similar photograph which has been shared with the same claim.
Alt News performed a reverse image search on Google and found that these images show scenes after the Venezuelan bank Bicentenario, Merida was looted. On March 11, 2019, Twitter handle @ConflictsW, managed by Aurora Intel which tracks conflicts across the world, tweeted the viral images along with other photographs from the same area.
Alt News performed a reverse image search and found that this image was posted on Imgur on March 17, 2019. According to these posts, this image is also from Venezuela. While Alt News could not authenticate the exact source, it is highly probable that it depicts the aftermath of the robbery at Merida because a) the image is similar and b) it surfaced on the internet around the same time.
Former Ambassador of Italy in Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo called out a tweet which claimed that Italians threw currency notes in light of the coronavirus pandemic and growing loss of life.