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07-18-13, 10:24 AM #1
For hire: professional liars for job seekersIts name is Paladin Deception Services, and it advertises its services for $54 per month.Green says customers run the gamut -- from cheating spouses in need of alibis to people playing hooky from work. But the real demand comes from job seekers, making up more than 60% of what he says are its 250 to 300 monthly clients."We can replace a supervisor with a fictitious one, alter your work history, provide you with a positive employment reputation, and give you the glowing reference that you need," Paladin's website states.
Green employs five full and several part-time liars -- many of whom are actors he recruits from websites like Craigslist. Impersonation skills range from fluent Spanish to southern drawls.A transcript of the call is then sent to the client. Green said most job seekers are in their 40s and 50s and looking for high-paying management positions, but it varies -- there was even someone who wanted to join a cult and hired a professional liar to tell the cult leaders that he was well-versed in specific rituals.
And Paladin isn't alone. CareerExcuse.com also offers fake references for job seekers starting at $65 a pop. William Schmidt, the company's owner, said this service has become increasingly popular for applicants who have only held part-time jobs in recent years. The Reference Store and Fake Your Job advertise fake job references, too.But the lies these companies pitch could have serious ramifications for a job seeker, said Paul Evans, a partner at law firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius' Labor and Employment practice.Many hiring departments already take additional steps to verify references listed by applicants. And even if a fibber does get hired, it's hard to keep up the act. Coworkers find out the truth or a boss realizes that the employee's skills don't match the qualifications that the fictitious reference raved about. And while it's unlikely the employee would face legal actionif they are discovered, they can pretty much count on being fired.
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