People Are Robbing ATMs With Explosives in Portugal


The U.S. State Department issued a warning for American citizens traveling in Portugal today to he careful using ATMs — because you might get blown up (hyperbole alert!).

There are least four reports of criminals using explosives to rob ATMs across the country, two in Lisbon, one in Cascais, and one in Alfragide.

As of yet, zero injuries have been reported. All were reported to have occurred between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

It's always a good idea to avoid ATMs late at night in poorly lit areas, especially when traveling as a tourist abroad, but this makes it that much more important. If you're traveling now or in the near future, remember to use basic safety tips around ATMs:
  • Use indoor, bank-affiliated ATMs whenever possible
  • Use ATMs with a companion
  • Practice a heightened level of caution
  • Only use ATMs during daylight hours

James is a senior editor at Parachute.