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Skincare giants Nivea have kicked up a stink in a cruel prank to plug a new deodorant - convincing innocent people they're being hunted by police.

Victims were lured to an airport where they were secretly photographed while they waited for a bogus appointment in Hamburg, Germany.

Then an actor with a fake newspaper - showing a victim's face on the front page and headlines warning people they're desperate and dangerous - sat opposite them.

Secret cameras filmed the victims' horror which only grew when a fake TV news report played on the airport's giant screens appealing for them to be stopped on sight.

Finally, actors dressed as security guards pounced on the terrified victims carrying an metal gun case.

It was only when they pulled out a can of Nivea's new Stress Test deodorant that they realised it had all been a joke.

One female victim looks close to tears in the ad - as she says over and over again: "I didn't do anything, I didn't do anything."

Now critics have warned Nivea's German parent company Beiersdorf of the danger the ads pose to their victims.

"This is a very extreme practical joke and the victims are being subjected to intolerable pressure. Anything could have happened," said one.

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