Monday, March 11, 2013

Ukraine: Police Rescue Britsh National, 49, Kidnapped in Dnipropetrovsk, Held for US$30,000

According to the Kyiv Post, the Security Service of the Ukraine (SBU) has detained three Ukrainian suspects who abducted a British citizen in Dnipropetrovsk and demanded a ransom of $30,000.

The Post reports that on March 3, a British citizen, aged 49, arrived in Dnipropetrovsk and checked into a local hotel. Two days later, his family received a phone call during which he said that he was forcibly held by people who demanded $30,000 for his release. The kidnappers reportedly demanded that the money should be sent by electronic bank transfer. 

COMMENT: Relatives of the victim subsequently asked for help from British diplomatic sources, which led to the SBU's involvement and the location of the kidnappers, the victim and the car they were using.

Subsequently, SWAT units successfully and safely rescued the kidnap victim and arrested the kidnappers on the Dnipropetrovsk-Kharkiv motorway.

What many travelers may not realize is that tourists and businesspeople alike are conned and duped into a variety of travelers' scams on a regular basis, simply because they don't have a cautious nature and a healthy distrust of strangers that they come into contact with.

Although we all want to be outgoing and gregarious when abroad so as to enrich our travel experience, the reality is that many of us become vulnerable to others, particularly when traveling alone. If an opportunity sounds to good to be true, it usually is.

As I have said so often in the past, many people we encounter abroad may not only NOT have our best interests at heart, but they harbor ulterior motives that we may be totally unaware of.

Some people we may encounter while abroad may not only be sociopaths, but mentally unstable as well. Please consider this on your next trip abroad, as not all people we meet are honest, genuine and transparent as are we.