Claim: Video of 'bighearted' homeless man a 'scam' | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Claim: Video of 'bighearted' homeless man a 'scam'

Americans opened their wallets to the man when he purportedly took the donation and distributed the food to strangers. The homeless man, who is identified as “Thomas” in the video, was said to be given a hot Christmas Eve dinner, a warm hotel room and a makeover.

Meanwhile, donations poured in to help him get back on his feet. A fundraising campaign has collected more than $135,000. The YouTube video went viral, with more than 30 million hits.

The New York Daily News reported, “Viewers moved by the video to donate more than $130,000 to its ‘homeless’ star were blindsided upon learning he’s not down on his luck, but stands to inherit $150,000 from his parents’ estate.”

A man named Kevin Nickel told the Post that the vagrant is actually his brother, Kenny.

“This is a scam,” he said.

Nickel told CBS Los Angeles, “He’s sitting on money. He’s sitting on an estate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I will admit I am a bit pissed off at this. I try to live my life as honestly as I can and frankly, while I am not homeless, it is only by a thin line. $135,000 would put Claire and I back on our feet, pay the medical bills NOT paid for by our Obamacare compliant health insurance, clear up our debts, modernize all the computers that ruin WRH and the radio show, and still have enough left over to pay for our move back to the mainland.

But in America today, hoaxes and frauds are the path to the big bucks, it seems.