It is an old trick. Lady in a parked car waiting for her husband. Man approaches with a map and asks for directions. There are different twists on the story but the result is the same – the lady looses her handbag. It happened to our neighbours in Los Montesinos and now I read about a similar incident in the car park at San Jaime hospital near Torrevieja.
This time the lady was suspicious and kept her handbag over her shoulder. That meant the thief had to knock her over to steal the bag. So she suffered injury as well as loss.
It is a sad state of affairs but if someone asks you for help with directions, you have no choice but to refuse because you could become the next victim.