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North Vancouver RCMP field calls from dozens of people attempting to claim lost cash

More than 50 people called police trying to claim the misplaced cash
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North Vancouver RCMP are seeking the rightful owner of an envelope of cash. Photo courtesy of North Vancouver RCMP

VANCOUVER — More than 50 people called police trying to claim a misplaced envelope of cash that was turned in last week by a Good Samaritan.

The RCMP say officers identified the rightful owner of $2,600 after sifting through calls from "cash-hungry contestants" all weekend.

The owner was able to describe the amount and denominations of the cash in the envelope and provided a reasonable explanation of when, where and how it was lost.

The Mounties had asked people to refrain from contacting police in attempts to guess those details, warning that their claims would constitute fraud.

Sgt. Peter DeVries says it's "despicable" to see people trying to falsely claim ownership of the money and the person who turned it in should be commended.

The Canadian Press