Authorities warn against abbreviating ‘2020’ on official documents

Don’t abbreviate 2020. It’s for your own good

With the new year here, officials are warning consumers about a problem with forging documents.

"When writing the date in 2020, write the year in its entirety", he wrote.

Additionally, the East Millinocket Police Department echoed this advice and added some insight on why it's important in a Facebook status: "This is sound advice and should be considered when signing any legal or professional document. You don't have a year, like this, where the year ends in 20 where it can easily be manipulated".

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It's easy to accidentally write the incorrect date right after New Year's but experts warn that abbreviating 2020 could lead to something more serious: fraud. For instance, if you borrow some amount today, from a rogue lender and indicate the date as 01/04/20, the greedy lender can change the date to let's say 01/04/2018, to demand more in accrued interests.

To avoid the potential of fraud, make sure to write the date out 2020, instead of using 20 as the year.

Post-dating could leave you open to scammers as well. They recommend writing out the date in full, as 2020, on legal documents and checks. That means write January 02, 2020, not 01/02/20.

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