|July 10, 2013
Tim Green will tell anyone anything, for a fee. As the founder of Paladin Deception Services, he will say what clients want him to say to anyone calling on his dedicated phone lines. He provides cover for cheating husbands, fake references for job-seekers and even “doctors” to confirm that someone needs a sick day.
Since he started Paladin in 2009, he has had about 250 clients on a ongoing basis. When potential clients call, Green connects them with one of his five employees. He picks the one best-suited for the job — male, female, or someone fluent in Spanish or Chinese. One employee is known for his ability to speak with a British accent or a Southern drawl. Paladin provides a phone number with any area code in the country.
One deception, called a “scenario,” costs $54. That includes callbacks if the person
being duped calls repeatedly to recheck the facts. The service, with the same scenario, can be maintained for an additional $19 a month. And a new line of deception can be added for another $19 a month.
Green said that similar deception services operate in Europe and Japan. In the U.S. they are rarer, but they include a business called Truth and Deception Services based in Florida.