Explosives Used in Recent ATM Robberies

U.S. Embassy Lisbon informs U.S. citizens that since October 5, 2016, we have received reports that an unknown group of still at large criminals have robbed four ATMs using explosives: two in Lisbon, one in Cascais, and one in Alfragide. All of the attacks have occurred between 1:00 – 5:00 a.m., and none of the attacks resulted in injuries.

Embassy Lisbon reminds U.S. citizens to avoid using ATMs in isolated or poorly-lighted areas, use ATMs when accompanied by a companion, and use indoor, bank-affiliated ATMs whenever possible. U.S. citizens also should review their personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings, monitor local news for updates, maintain a high level of vigilance, and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security. For additional information, please refer to this page.

For further information about security in Portugal:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Portugal Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Portugal, located at Avenida das Forças Armadas, in the neighborhood of Sete Rios near the Jardim Zoológico, at + (351) 217 702-122, 08:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(351) 21-727-3300 or (351) 21-094-2300.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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