Missouri police said that they are searching for a man who they said claims to know women to trick them into giving him a hug.

St. Louis police said that the man has been approaching women at local Schnucks markets in recent days and claiming to know them from the “old neighborhood.”

He then claims it is his birthday and then asks for, and sometimes receives, a hug.

However, the man found that he had chosen the wrong target when a Fairview Heights, Ill., woman pulled out her cellphone and called police when he attempted his ruse on her.

The man was described as white in his 30s or 40s. He is believed to have a silver Nissan sedan.

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