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Alibi Network
Status: Real
image In June 2004 the New York Times published an article about alibi networks, which are informal networks of people who will provide excuses for each other:

Cellphone-based alibi clubs, which have sprung up in the United States, Europe and Asia, allow people to send out mass text messages to thousands of potential collaborators asking for help. When a willing helper responds, the sender and the helper devise a lie, and the helper then calls the victim with the excuse -- not unlike having a friend forge a doctor's note for a teacher in the pre-digital age.

Apparently someone thought this would be a great basis for a business and launched, which describes its mission as being: "To invent, create and provide personalized virtual alibis for people wishing to anticipate and justify absences." As far as I can tell, this company is absolutely for real. Their most frequently requested alibi is "a phone number in any area or country code staffed by an operator trained in accents pretending to be a hotel receptionist." This will set you back $275. I assume that someone who really doesn't want to get caught during a weekend tryst, might consider this worth the price. Of course, the question lingering in the back of the mind of its customers must be: could an alibi service ever transform into a blackmail service?
Categories: Folklore/Tall Tales, Identity/Imposters
Posted by The Curator on Tue Nov 22, 2005
Comments (4)
Everybody sure is keeping quiet about this one.
Posted by Craig  on  Tue Nov 22, 2005  at  02:08 PM
thats because we were all conned by it....

damn crystal! she said she loved me!
Posted by joeodd  on  Thu Nov 24, 2005  at  03:59 AM
this is wonderful.. ill have to give them a try next time my girlfrind thinks shes caught me cheating. what is the freakin world coming to? its not different than the pills that clean you out after you smoked pot and realized your company does random drug testing and you are next. maybe i should start a website that brings suspected criminals in contact with court officials who are willing to accept bribes in exchange for a "not-guilty".
Posted by FoxPhyre  on  Thu Jan 05, 2006  at  06:11 AM
This one popped up on CSI:NY recently ). The guy was using it to concoct an alibi for a murder. Apparently the clients have to sign a piece of paper saying they won't use the alibi service to commit illegal acts. Yeah, that'll work - they're using the service to lie in the first place!
Posted by Nona  in  London  on  Mon Mar 05, 2007  at  09:01 AM
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