Students could face jail if they lie on their CVs to make them appear more impressive, fraud prevention officers have warned.

In a guide entitled Don’t Finish Your Career Before It Starts, sent to every university in the country, students have been told that inflating grades or inventing extra-curricular activities can be classed as ‘fraud by false representation’, for which the maximum jail sentence is 10 years.

Students were also warned that pending fraud cases sent to prevention service CIFAS stay on file for six years and therefore may be flagged up when students apply for jobs.

‘Your dream job asks for a 2:1, but you’ve got a 2:2 – so you make a little change on your CV,’ reads the guide.

‘After all, no one really checks, right?

‘Wrong. It’s fraud.’

CIFAS chief executive Simon Dukes added that ignorance ‘isn’t an excuse’ if students are caught out.

According to the guide, one former student was jailed for 12 weeks after claiming he held a master’s degree to secure a temporary teaching position.

‘It can be tempting to tell a ‘white lie’ but this leaflet makes students aware that there can be serious legal repercussions,’ Helen Kempster, consultant for the University of London’s Careers Group, told The Daily Telegraph.

source: Metro UK