Actress Jennifer Garner has become cautious about speaking to strangers, after meeting a man who thought she was a prostitute.

The screen beauty, currently dating her ALIAS co-star Michael Vartan, was recently having what she thought was a friendly meeting with an old acquaintance - until she realised he was hoping to buy her body.

She recalls, "I was on my way to a business meeting recently and it was at a kind of nice hotel. I was dressed in a button-up cardigan sweater - very conservatively.

"This older gentleman came up to me - he had an accent - and he took a hold of my hand and he wouldn't go. He was kind of massaging my hand and he was like, 'It's good to see you again.' I didn't know, I thought maybe I knew him.

"I said, Oh, it's nice to see you as well.' He said, 'You are here tonight...' and I said, 'I have a meeting.' He said, 'A five o'clock meeting?' and I said yeah. He said, 'So maybe tomorrow night another five o'clock meeting?'

"And as he's saying this his hand is going up my arm. And I was kinda like, 'Dude, when did I work with this guy?' And I said, 'I'm sorry, maybe you have me mistaken with someone,' and he said, 'Oh no, I know you. We like to sit here and chat. Maybe the other hotel?'

"I realised he thought I was a hooker. He was propositioning me for an evening of work!"

11/11/2003 09:44