A fraudster picked the wrong customer to try and sell fake gold jewellery.
Hamilton police say one of their officers was at a shopping mall with his family Monday afternoon when a man approached him at his car.
They say the man told the officer he was out of gas and offered to sell him a piece of supposedly solid gold jewelry for $300 but the cop refused.
The man started referring to the officer’s children and that’s when the officer identified himself as a Hamilton Police Service member.
At that point the suspect tried to flee, but was soon arrested and charged with one count of fraud under $5,000.
Police say the jewelry he was trying to sell was assessed and valued at between $2 and $10.