Small businesses are being urged by business groups to watch out for prospective employees who make fraudulent claims on their CVs.The Federation of Private Businesses (FPB) warns that overall, employee fraud costs UK businesses £40 million annually. It also said that the number of people trying to get jobs by lying on their CV had increased significantly in recent years.While many prospective employees only lie in an attempt to get the job, some have more sinister motivations, says the FPB."There is a criminal element who will infiltrate selected companies and endeavour to place individuals in positions where they have access to money, goods or information," warned Philip Moody, senior member services representative at the FPB.CV fraud can also damage SMEs in other ways. There was the possibility that an unqualified member of staff could mean that the business was liable for "fines from regulatory bodies or provide customers with a poor level of service". Mr Moody offered some advice to SMEs who want to make sure the CVs they receive are genuine.“When reviewing CVs, check for gaps and unusual job moves."Ensure you thoroughly check a new candidate’s identity and address. It is not enough to rely solely on physical documents, although these must also be double-checked to guard against forgeries," Mr Moody advised.In 2005, Barian Baluchi was jailed for ten years after falsely claiming to be a famous psychiatrist. Mr Baluchi, who was really a taxi-driver conned patients out of £1.5 million after obtaining false qualifications.© Adfero Ltd

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