Anonymous Twitter Account @HiddenCash Is Hiding Envelopes Stuffed With Money Around California

Someone has been hiding cash around the Bay Area and sending clues through Twitter on where to find it. On Wednesday night, the account, @HiddenCash, made its first drop in Los Angeles.

1. UPDATED — May 29, 2:10 a.m. ET:

2. On Twitter, @HiddenCash describes itself as “an anonymous social experiment for good.”

3. The anonymous person behind the account has been hiding envelopes filled with cash “around SF & beyond.”

4. To locate money hidden across the region, @HiddenCash has been sending out clues, which usually include a photo hint.

5. The account encourages those who find the money to tweet a photo and tag Hidden Cash.

6. Money has been found throughout San Francisco: inside a record album in Amoeba Records, taped onto parking meters, attached to a bulldozer…

@HiddenCash this was great. Amoeba records in a We are the world vinyl!!

— Random Mysticks (@RandomMysticks)

7. And even at the beach.

thanks @HiddenCash, sharing most of it with other beachgoers. have a great day!

— Forrest Hanson (@gumplr)

8. Some people have reported finding as much as $100.

Thanks @HiddenCash

— Tokatz (@juxedposition)

9. Alex from San Jose found $130. He looks pretty stoked about it too:

VIDEO: In case you missed it. Alex from #SanJose finds $130 in @HiddenCash live on KTVU


10. The person behind the account has remained anonymous so far, saying he doesn’t want the attention on him, but on the project itself. The @HiddenCash account now has more than 200,000 followers.

You'll find white swans here; and, if you're lucky, a white envelope. (Too easy???)

— Hidden Cash (@HiddenCash)

11. The man behind the account said in a phone interview with KTVU that he made his money in San Francisco real estate. “The last real estate deal I did I made about half a million dollars. I can afford to give a lot,” he said.

Thank you @HiddenCash work as a team share as a team #positivevibes #payitforward @Decembrsveryown @LJnotwitter

— T.$ki (@LastnameAficial)

12. Many people have been impressed with the idea behind @HiddenCash.

I wish all millionaires followed @HiddenCash 's lead. This IS the very meaning of paying it forward.

— Brenda (Bee) (@brenda81162)

13. And think it’s a great way to pay it forward.

I hope whoever finds @HiddenCash's next drop gives some or all of their findings to charity. #payitforward

— Connie S. Mendoza (@SnoopConnieCon)

14. While others have criticized @HiddenCash for not giving money directly to charities, the anonymous benefactor has said he does donate to such organizations, including the San Francisco Food Bank.

New SF drop: find Mr. Franklin along the "crookedest street" (towards the bottom). Retweet when you find.

— Hidden Cash (@HiddenCash)

15. He said his treasure hunts are for fun and are meant to “put a smile on someone’s face.”

Painted ladies @HiddenCash

— mosholla (@mosholla)

16. He also said he would like people who can afford it, to “pay it forward” and give or share the money they find with someone else.

@HiddenCash YESSSSSS had to race another searcher but I WON. (Old catapillar bulldozer on ocean beach)

— Matthew Burkert (@mattypatty513)

17. This guy shared his findings by buying lunch for his co-workers:

Web Producer Adam found @HiddenCash on Friday, bought pizza for the newsroom today! Thanks, man!

— KGO Radio (@kgoradio)

18. Cash was also left in a few spots in San Jose:

Here's a photo of last drop in case you're more visual. Bye for now, San Jose. We'll be back! Next stop: Los Angeles

— Hidden Cash (@HiddenCash)

19. This lucky lady found some of the cash in San Jose:

Cousin found the last drop of #hiddencash @HiddenCash in san jose. Congrats cousin..

— Monica Chavez (@monica_lizotte)

20. And so did this happy pair:

More San Jose drops coming!

— Hidden Cash (@HiddenCash)

21. The anonymous benefactor also said in an interview with CNN that he plans to continue his project indefinitely and is hoping to expand…

Thx for all the ❤️ @HiddenCash is going nationwide! Let your friends around the country know 2 follow 4 clues & . Next wknd: LA

— Hidden Cash (@HiddenCash)

22. Wednesday night, @HiddenCash tweeted that it was about to make its first drop in L.A.

Hiddencash is coming to Los Angeles tonight. First drop in a few hours. Hope you're up LAte!

— Hidden Cash (@HiddenCash)

23. Wednesday night, @HiddenCash tweeted that it had made its first drop in L.A.

First LA drop! Get close to the water, but no need to get wet at this famous fountain.

— Hidden Cash (@HiddenCash)

BuzzFeed reached out to @HiddenCash for this story, but has not yet received a response.

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Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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