Sunday, November 12, 2006

Virtual alibis

Hey Bunky. Has this ever happened to you?
  • Your daughter is involved with a much older married man who is also your boss. You find it inappropriate, but yet you are not comfortable speaking to your boss yourself.
  • You ran into an old friend and decided to meet to catch up. You have no intentions to stray, but your partner is suspicious and you are embarrassed to ask your friend to explain the situation. We can pose as a friend and talk to your partner.
  • You like the person you are dating, but you need your space and can't spend as much time with as him as he'd like. We will help you find an excuse, so that your partner is not hurt.
  • You have a business idea, but you are suspecting your partner is selling it to the competitor. We will pose as a competing firm and set your business partner up.
  • It's a matter of principle and neither you nor your ex are willing to make the first step to get back together. We will facilitate the meeting.
  • You know for a fact that your friend is being cheated on, but you don't want to be the one to tell him/her.
  • You have tickets to the ball game, but it's also your neighbour's birthday and you need an excuse to deny the invitation.
The Alibi Network is a real business set up to help you create a perfect alibi, enabling you to move through these difficult situations. In fact, every one of those scenarios, taken from their web site, was crafted by their own PR people. The common theme, of course, is that the fictional person addressed in all of these scenarios is either innocent or actually an aggrieved party.

I wonder what situations they are most typically involved in. Spousal cheating and con artistry would top of list. What else? Embezzlement? Industrial spying?

The different services provided are all "virtual": you're seen to be calling from a phone that is not yours, you're given confirmation of a flight that you're not taking, you're pretending to be a large company with a given location that you do not have.

However, none of services would really pass close inspection. The merest whiff of suspicion could lead to most of these cover stories being blown away: here's your emailed e-ticket, but I see that your luggage doesn't have a matching tag on it. It wouldn't take much.


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