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The Hidden Cash Benefactor Could Be Making Deposits In L.A. Soon

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A generous and mysterious person has been leaving envelopes of cash around San Francisco, but could soon be visiting Los Angeles.The anonymous benefactor identified himself in an email to The Bold Italic as a real estate millionaire who was looking to, quite literally, spread the wealth.

"I've made millions of dollars the last few years, more than I ever imagined, and yet many friends of mine, and people who work for me, cannot afford to buy a modest home in the Bay Area. This has caused me quite a bit of reflection. I am determined to give away some of the money I make, and in addition to charity, to do it in fun, creative ways like this.”

While anonymity is important to him, he did reveal to ABC via phone that he is a man, 35-45 years old.

He uses the Twitter account @hiddencash to provide clues as to where the money is stashed. The lucky person who finds the cash is encouraged to tweet a selfie with the money. Some clues lead to $20, others up to $100.

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Here's an example from a recent SF clue, posted today around 2 pm.

This morning, he tweeted that he'd be coming to L.A. this weekend.

While this campaign might remind you of Tips for Jesus, @hiddencash also mentioned via Twitter that the cash drops have no political, religious or business agenda, but are only about love, kindness and generosity. Happy hunting, L.A.