ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Mystery money mania is taking off here in Albuquerque.
KRQE News 13 first told you about Hidden Cash NM Tuesday, a Twitter-based clue game taking the country by storm and leading players on a chase to find cash.
“It’s very cool! “It’s exciting!”
“Oh, man. I need the cash!”
It started in California, where money was being dropped for people to find with the help of clues from Twitter.
Now, it’s in New Mexico.
“Never done anything like this and it seems like a fun thing to do,” Aaron Dempsey of Edgewood said.
The first clue in Wednesday’s search read, “What’s big, green and home to a pack of wolves?”
Sounds like it could be UNM, huh? It’s home to a lot of Lobos.
That’s where we met up with Aaron Dempsey and his kids to tag along for the first hunt.
“We’ll see what the next clue says,” Dempsey said, scanning his phone.
And here it was, ‘I’m one of the few places that glows green in the day and white at night.”
Dempsey took off towards Johnson Field.
After searching and searching and searching, the weather began to take a toll.
Soon, people were looking all over for that money in every nook and cranny.
Then there was word of a second drop, this time hinting at the Student Union Building.
Just a few minutes later, a picture popped up on the Hidden Cash NM Twitter page.
“We’ve been all over UNM,” Dempsey said out of breath. “We were close but someone else found the money.”
He missed a clue that read, “My colors aren’t usually purple and gold. Find the bench that fits this mold.”
“We got the tweet about the bench so I knew right away it was over there.”
Crystle Collier knew that bench was just steps from the SUB.
“We saw a white envelope,” Collier said. “I thought it was trash.”
It was no trash, but a small treasure.
“There was $40 inside,” she said.
The plan is to keep this hidden money spree alive. Hidden Cash NM says when they get 5,000 followers, there will be another drop.
As of now, the followers are really adding up. Earlier this morning, the page had roughly 1,000 followers. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, that number had grown to more than 3,000.
The person behind this said the money that was dropped at Johnson Field, $50, was found but they believe they were followed to that drop.
“The first goal was to create a storm of positivity,” said the anonymous creator of the Twitter account who is giving away the money.
The Hidden Cash NM creator plans to keep giving away money for at least every 5,000 followers the account gets.
“We will be giving out approximately $10,000 to this community in hopes that they will turn around and be generous to someone else,” the Twitter account creator said.
The clues for the next drop are ready to go, including a big hint we got during the interview.
“The next drop will be in Albuquerque. The following drop after that will be in another city.”
Clues will soon come in the form of Youtube videos.
The creator is confident Hidden Cash NM will eventually get 100,000 followers.
“They share the page. They share the love and they share the positivity so we can grow as a community to make Albuquerque a truly better place to live.”
This is happening across the country right now, including near Los Angeles where a mob of cash hunters actually created a traffic jam, which has raised safety concerns.
APD said it’s watching things here in Albuquerque closely and the Hidden Cash NM creator said the money giveaways will stop if it becomes negative.