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Watch out for tax scam messages sent in services’ name

Publication date 11.4.2023 15.53 | Published in English on 12.4.2023 at 14.00

Iltalehti has warned of tax scam messages being sent in the name of services. In addition to e-mail, scam messages are also being sent via text messages and social media channels. The message in question is a phishing message that attempts to get the user to click a link in the message. 

The authentic-looking message says that the recipient is going to receive tax refunds. The recipient is asked to confirm the tax refunds by clicking a link in the message, otherwise the funds would not be transferred. The link leads to a website that phishes personal data or banking information. 

The Digital and Population Data Services Agency would like to remind you that authorities, banks and companies do not send links to their websites by e-mail or text message.  

Follow these instructions

Do not click on any links in e-mail or text messages. Do not access the services through links or search engine results. Instead, enter the full address of the website in the address bar, such as You can also bookmark the most important addresses or add them to favourites on your browser.

If you are unsure of the authenticity of a message and have Messages enabled, you should always check Messages ( to see if you have received the message there.

If you have mistakenly entered your credit card information or online banking ID, you may have become a victim of fraud. First contact your bank and then report the offence to the police. It is also advisable to report attempted frauds.

If you suspect that your personal data is in the wrong hands, see guidelines on the Web Service

For additional information on online scams, visit the Web Service

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