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I have received an email headed Governo de Portugal Ministerio

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I have received an email headed Governo de Portugal Ministerio das Financas
How canI determine if it is genuine
Regards ***** ***** Gibson
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Alex J. replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for your question and welcome.
What does the message say?
Is it requesting payment of monies?
Kind regards
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

the document states

We write to confirm to you that we are in receipt of a request to release funds in favour of "Senhor James Gibson"

Venda Quantidade £14,175

Imposoto Sobre Valor Acerescentado(IVA): £1,134

Payable direct to the Ministro das Finacas official as detailed below:-

Representante de DOD ministro das Financas Yuriy Kovaliv

Nimero de Indentificacao Fiscal X-5726105-B

Imposto Sobre Vlor Acrescentado (ITV) £1,134

DEstination: Portugal

Is the above informatio sufficient to verify this document is genuine

Regards ***** ***** gibson

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I need to know if the Representante Yuriy Kovaliv is a member of the Ministro das Financas Staff

and the Numera de identifocaao fiscal is a Ministro das financas Account.

Regard James A Gibson

Expert:  Alex J. replied 3 years ago.
Thank you.
If this letter was unsolicited, is asking for personal information and is asking you to pay "IVA" (which I assume is the equivalent to VAT) - then this is almost certainly a scam.
Have you ever had any dealings in Portugal?
Kind regards