The official line is that many people have claimed to have found the Fenn treasure but no one has provided solid proof.
I suppose the reason that someone would falsely claim to find the treasure would be to make others stop searching.
But why would you announce that you have the treasure if indeed you find it? I imagine that some people might want to stroke their ego, gain recognition, or possibly fame.
In my opinion, these ideas are all flawed.
If you find the treasure and announce it, you are opening yourself to potential problems. You will probably be sued and investigated to see if you infringed on someone else’s rights. You will probably have to pay attorneys to defend and counsel you.
You also open yourself up to security risks. Some very desperate people have set out to find the treasure. They will surely envy you. They may act to try to take some of the treasure or simply to spite you. We know that some searchers have gone to Forrest Fenn’s house to try to get directions to the chase.
This may seem far-fetched, but if you just look at the history of gold prospecting alone, you should see that people get a little crazy when gold and riches are dangled in front of them.
I’m not going to give legal or tax advice – I am not qualified to do either. But at the very least, you’ll need to take steps to avoid tax problems. Thank goodness attorneys are bound by the attorney-client priviledge.
So the point is that there is a good chance that no one will make an announcement when they find the treasure.
As far as I know, there is nothing like a tracking chip in the chest. Forrest Fenn himself will not know when it is found and removed. We could be searching for decades or centuries after it has already been found.
So enjoy the thrill of the chase. It may be the greatest treasure of all.