Whaleoil CV Cheat series: ex CEO of Yahoo – Scott Thompson

When does putting things in the most positive light on your CV become “embellishing”?

When does embellishment become a lie?

And when does a lie become fraud?

Even though in most cases where CV Cheats are exposed there isn’t any legal basis to the person’s downfall, the fact is that the total loss of confidence and apparent absence of fair play basically ends those people’s career.

So it was with Scott Thompson


Scott Thompson made news around the world last year when it emerged that his academic credentials were erm… not as good as he made them out to be.

Mr Thompson did obtain a degree in accounting back in 1978, but lied by claiming to have gained a degree in computer science as well.

Once word got out, the media pressure from the revelation was such that he was left with no option other than to admit his guilt and resign from Yahoo.

Even after 25 years, his fib managed to catch up with him eventually.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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