A look at 3,000 CVs by a group of employee screening experts found a whopping 63% contained "discrepancies"- a rise of 15% in the last decade.
The Risk Advisory Group found 25 to 32 year olds are the worst offenders.
Here's five of the most extreme fibs:
- A senior compliance applicant creating a fictional employment history to cover up a past misdemeanour involving time served in prison for stealing client money
- A candidate building a website for a fictional school and arranging for a virtual office to answer calls acting as the school, all to create an inflated academic background in a desperate bid to secure a work experience placement with a leading bank
- A candidate creating a work history overseas to cover up the time he spent in prison for drug offences
- Candidates forging degree certificates
- Candidates presenting degrees from bogus universities in India, Pakistan and, increasingly, the UAE