According to experts, being a bounty hunter in Hungary is not a rewarding business as it is risky to start it with only trusting that you get the money if you find wanted criminals in the country. In many cases, a reward is not even provided, and out of the 50 most wanted criminals in Hungary, only two have a bounty assigned to them.
Pénzcentrum reported that at the moment, there are 140 cases in the hands of the police of Hungary, and each of them comes with a reward if someone finds the wanted criminal. This number could change every hour, though, as the authorities constantly take them back or set new ones.
The general rule is simple: the more serious the crime is, the more money you can get. The most rewarding cases are usually related to murder.
The authorities of Hungary cannot share any information about how helpful the rewards are in solving the cases. On the other hand, the authorities reported that in most cases, private individuals report cases and get the rewards rather than associations searching for criminals.
Out of the 50 most wanted criminals of Hungary, only two have bounties assigned to them.
For any information about Lajos Tóth, who is wanted for stealing, robbery, and for not going to jail after his trial, the authorities offer 1 million HUF (3,000 EUR) of reward. The house of Tóth has been abandoned since 2014, and apparently, nobody knows where he is. The reward is only paid for valid information which helps to locate the Hungarian criminal.
The 35-year-old János Takács is wanted for trading a new kind of psychoactive drug in the country. The reward is 300,000 HUF (866 EUR). The man was not found in his house in Tolna (Tolna County), and the police warn that Takács is dangerous.
It may seem like being a bounty hunter is rewarding in Hungary, but experts state that it is not. In many cases, the information given was 100% accurate, but on every occasion, it is up to the police to decided whether it is false or not. Another hardship is that the authorities do not reveal the information they already know about the wanted criminals, so our lead might be useless.
Experts also made it clear that giving false information to the authorities is strictly forbidden. If anyone attempts to get the money with this method, they are taken to prison immediately for five to ten years.