It might look like a friendly gesture but police across Spain are reminding everyone to be a little bit more alert over what might be at stake

The reminders began after municipal police in Pamplona were alerted to an increase in attacks where victims had been robbed in the street without first even realising what had happened.

One elderly victim reported how a young woman approached him, pretending to know him and, whilst giving him an effusive hug, stole a gold chain from around his neck.

This form of daylight robbery is well known, but it is also far too easy to fall victim to it, hence the warnings to be aware and alert so as not to become a victim of crime without even realising it at first.

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