A mainland man has been arrested for allegedly selling fake gold he claimed came from wartime buried treasure. The 32-year-old was arrested while trying to persuade a woman to buy the gold-plated or painted metal Buddhas and ingots at the junction of Tai Po and Nathan roads in Shamshuipo, police said. Fifty-eight ingots were found on him and another 27 were found in a raid on the Nathan Road guesthouse where he was staying. Each piece was embossed with the words 'real gold'. A 'will' claiming that a wealthy mainlander had buried the gold during World War II was also found. The document asked anyone finding the gold to sell it to develop his home town. 'We believe the man forged the will and posed as a charity volunteer to trick local residents, mainly elderly people, into buying the fake gold Buddhas and ingots,' said Chief Inspector David Wan Tat-wai. Police urged anyone who had bought such items to call them on 2360 7251 or 2360 7266 during office hours or on 2360 7200 after hours. The suspect was being held at Shamshuipo Police Station.