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Honestly, it is usually pretty easy to tell. All it would take is Googling the phone number supplied as the reference to discover that it is not an official company line. Also, if the prospective employer has ever called the company before, they will know that the phone message system is different. Letters of reference are usually followed up on, so chances are a fake letter of reference will get caught, too. Adding to this, if it is discovered that you falsified information in connection with a job application, you are likely to be completely black balled from the industry. If you are hired and it is subsequently discovered that you falsified information, you will almost certainly be terminated and denied unemployment benefits. It really isn't worth these risks, especially when you consider the relatively minimal chances that the ploy will succeed.
If you can't get a reference, it is best to simply explain why. Most employers are understanding of this kind of thing. You can also offer co-workers who will vouch for you as references. These options are far better than fabricating something.
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