OmaKanta email phishing scam circulating, Kela warns

Some of the fake messages also refer to Covid passes and vaccination certificates.

Kela advised residents to only log in to OmaKanta via its official website, kanta.fi. Image: Ilkka Klemola / Yle

The Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) has issued a warning that emails purporting to come from the healthcare platform OmaKanta were being sent to residents in attempts to steal their personal information.

The emails appear to come from OmaKanta and contain a link that, if followed, leads to a website set up by criminals, according to Kela.

The phishing emails can look to be very urgent, with prompts to immediately log in to the healthcare platform to check important documents. Some of the messages also refer to Covid passes and vaccination certificates.

Kela advised residents to only log in to OmaKanta via its official website, kanta.fi, noting that neither the healthcare platform nor Kela sends customers messages that prompt them to log in via a link.

The agency also recommended people not to reply to such emails, not to click on links contained in such messages and not to enter personal information on sites reached through those links. Kela warned people not to log in to Omakanta directly through search engine results, nor via links contained in text messages.

Kela said that if people suspect their credit card details or bank ID number has fallen into the wrong hands, they should contact their bank's customer service and report the matter to police.