Can someone who works overseas go to jail if they do not pay the taxes on the job they performed?

I have a friend that is a US citizen, who took a contract in London and worked for approx 41 days. He was paid by check. When my friend was at the airport to come back to the states, he said the IRS stopped him from boarding. He did not pay the taxes on the contract he was paid for. I am wondering if this is a fraudulent statement. He said he would go to jail if he did not pay. He said he has to pay 10% of what he made. He also told me no bank would cash his check, that he could only cash it from his bank here in the states. He said they froze his bank acct and his credit card companies froze his acct til he could verify who he is. He said the verification could only be done when he was back home. Could this be a scam to try to get money from people in the states? What he has told me doesnt make sense, but I could be wrong. I would appreciate any info anyone has on this subject.

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  • 8 years ago
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    100% scam.

    There is no US citizen, no one in the UK, no purchases, no credit card, no paycheck and nothing legit in those emails from a scammer.

    The next email was from one of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses and will insist that you "rescue him" from his desperate situation and only in cash, via Western Union or moneygram.

    Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.

    Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of being the perfect buyer, great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

    You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

    Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

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    If you google "Western Union traveling scam", "trapped in London vacation scam", "UK check scam" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near victims of this type of scam.

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  • 8 years ago

    How many lies can one person tell??

    The IRS does not work at the airport and does not even exist in the UK. Nobody prevents you from boarding a plane. You don't pay taxes upfront anyway - he would pay taxes when he files his next tax return in April 2013. He would not go to jail and not have to pay 10% of anything. His bank account and credit card are never frozen if he is overseas - he can verify his identity over the phone

    If you are working overseas your first $95,100 are tax free and there is no way anyone would have made that amount of money working for only 41 days

    You need to cut off ALL contact with this person and file a report with either your local police or FBI Field Office

    Source(s): American working in the UK for 6 years
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  • 8 years ago

    If you work overseas you don't have to pay taxes on your income until you get nominated to be Treasury Secretary and someone finds out about it. Ask Timmy Geithner.

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  • John
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    8 years ago

    I have read your three questions and your so-called friend is full of bullshit.

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