A Finnish woman has had her bank account frozen after attempting to pay for insurance for her pet
A mother dog along with puppies take rest near a cricket ground in Baramulla Jammu and Kashmir India on 11 May 2023 © Getty Images / Nasir Kachroo/NurPhoto via Getty Images
A woman in Finland triggered automatic penalties from the country’s Financial Supervisory Authority, after it mistook payments made to an animal insurance company for a financial transfer to Iran, local media outlets reported on Wednesday. Tehran is currently under EU-wide economic sanctions, which prohibit most financial transfers.
According to a report by Finnish outlet Yle, the dog’s owner had attempted to transfer a payment of €600 ($643) to Minni Munne’s account to settle an insurance bill, after her dog, Ira, required emergency treatment while giving birth.
But in the subject field in the online transfer, the banking system mistook the term ‘Ira’s insurance’ (‘Iran vakuutus’ in Finnish) for ‘Iran insurance’ – blocking not just the transfer, but also freezing Munne’s entire account.
Her account was suspended for a week, Yle reported on Wednesday, forcing her to rely on the support of friends to pay for bills and other necessities.