A falsehood is a lie or a distortion of the truth and derives from a time before men wore hats.
They used hoods to cover their heads from the elements, and these hoods were designed with fur or something else to indicate an individual’s rank within the community.
If a con man wished to deceive you, he put on a hood designed to be worn by a person of substance such as a doctor or a lawyer.
This tactic enabled him to gain enough trust to set up an illegal scam.
The con man did this by wearing a “false hood.”