Security officials are warning consumers not to ever abbreviate 2020 in official documents. They say the shorter “20” will make it easier for scammers to commit forgery. They say the abbreviation allows scammers to change out the numbers on paperwork. For example, in the event you write a date like “1/3/20,” scammers could switch it to “1/3/2000” or 1/3/2021.”
Avoid Getting Scammed: Don’t Abbreviate 2020
Instead, write out the complete year as 1/3/2020 or, even better, write out the name of the month at the same time to read January 3, 2020. It “could possibly protect you and prevent legal issues on paperwork,” Dusty Rhodes, a Hamilton County, Ohio, auditor told the USA Today Network.
Why would scammers change a date? They might attempt to establish an unpaid debt or try to cash an old check.
Police departments throughout the country have urged the public to write out the year completely as 2020..
“This is very sound advice and should be considered when signing any legal or professional document,” the East Millinocket Police Department in Maine wrote in a Facebook post. “It could potentially save you some trouble down the road.”
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