With March being Fraud Prevention Month, Ontario Police have been reminding the public to always be aware of fraudsters and scams within your area. While Hamilton Police have been posting tips and tricks throughout the month to minimize your risk of fraud, one officer actually encountered the issue up close and personal. An off-duty officer arrested an Ontario man on Monday after he attempted to scam him.
According to a Hamilton Police News Release, on Monday, March 11, 2019, just after 2:30 p.m., an off-duty police officer was enjoying his time off with his family. The officer was parking in a shopping center around the area of Barton Street East and Centennial Parkway when a 29-year-old male parked beside him engaged in conversation.
The man was attempting to sell the officer jewellery and claimed he needed to sell the piece so he could get some money for some gas. He told the off-duty officer that the jewellery was 10k gold and he could purchase it for only $300.00. However, the officer declined his offer.
However, the man didn't take no for an answer. When the officer declined the offer, the male proceeded to get out of his car and stuck his head inside the window of the off-duty officer's car. He attempted to engage in conversation about the officer's children before he was ordered away from the vehicle.
The Hamilton Officer than revealed himself as a member of the police service. The man attempted to flee the scene but was arrested after a passerby assisted in contacting the police.
The male was arrested and the jewellery was confiscated as evidence. Police can now confirm that the jewellery that the man was attempting to sell the off-duty police officer was costume jewellery that is valued between $2 to $10.
The male was arrested and charged with Fraud under $5,000 and will appear in court on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
Hamilton Police are reminding the public that if you ever believe that you are a victim to Fraud you can report it to any Hamilton Police Station or contact the Fraud Intake Officer at 905-546-4514. You should also report fraud to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.