Alert: Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (January 31, 2018)

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (January 31, 2018)

Location: Kyiv, Ukraine

Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv advises U.S. citizens of a recent increase in reports of criminals targeting unsuspecting visitors to Ukraine, luring them with promises of cheap lodging and/or companionship. The criminals then forcibly abduct the visitors and proceed to make unauthorized transactions via their victims’ bank cards and accounts.

Actions to Take:

  • Be cautious of strangers making unsolicited offers.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches.
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.


  • U.S. Embassy – Kyiv, Ukraine

+380-44- 521-5566

+380-44-521-5000 (after hours)

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444