New research has revealed that 39 per cent of Britons would lie on their CVs if they knew they could get away with it.
A further 42 per cent of respondents also admitted to knowing someone who had submitted false data through their CV or on an application form, the study by BackgroundChecking.com found.
Two-thirds of those who said they would lie on their CV if they could also stated that they thought employers do not rigorously check application form and CV data.
Areas in which respondents were most likely to lie included salary and prior experience.
"'Chancing' fraudsters seem to be reliant on the fact that prospective employers do not check the information that is stated on CVs and job applications," commented Steve Bailey, managing director of BackgroundChecking.com.
The research comes shortly after another survey by the Travelodge hotel chain indicated that many Brits would lie to their employers by ringing in sick when they are not actually ill.