Arrest Made in Grandparent Scam

Hamilton Police Crimes Against Seniors Unit arrested a 19-year-old male from Quebec.

On Thursday, February 3, 2022, a 77-year-old female victim received a call from a male believed to be her son, informing her that he had been involved in an accident and been arrested by police. The suspect went on to tell the victim that her son would be released on bail for a large sum of cash.

Victim agreed to pay the cost to release her son and arrangements were made to pick up the cash at the victim’s residence.  

The suspect contacted the victim again, where she was told that additional money was required and arrangements were made for the accused to attend her residence on Monday, February 7, 2022.

Hamilton Police became aware of this scam and intervened when the accused attended the victim’s residence.

Police arrested a 19-year-old male from Quebec.



Romain Javari Roberts

19-year-old male  from Quebec

·         Fraud Over $5000

·         Breach of Probation

If you have any information that you believe could assist Police with the investigation into this crime you are asked to contact Detective Constable Phil Poirier of the Crimes Against Seniors Unit by calling 905-540-5300.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com

The Hamilton Police Service provides the following advice should you receive such a call:

  • Be suspicious of calls that demand money or immediate action.
  • No law enforcement agency will demand immediate payment of currency.
  • Never offer information to the caller.
  • If the fraudster asks a question like "Do you know who this is?”, simply say no and have them tell you.
  • Contact another family member to confirm the story.
  • Remember to never send money to someone under uncertain conditions.
  • Don't be afraid to say "No".

If you believe you have fallen victim to such a scam, please contact the Hamilton Police non-emergency line at 905-546-4925.

More Resources

Cyber Crime, Computer and Internet Safety – provides information regarding online frauds and crimes.

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre – provides more advice on scams and frauds and current types of frauds.

Competition Bureau's Information Centre – provides information regarding laws businesses must follow.

Office of Consumer Affairs – provides information about common scams that occur in your own province or territory.