Here’s Why You Should Never Shorten 2020 To 20 On Legal Documents

January 6, 2020
A.D.M
8:00 A.m.


The new year has just begun, providing a new opportunity for scam artists to forge documents. Authorities are warning that shortening "2020" to just "20" could leave you vulnerable to fraud. 
If you wrote a signed check dated "1/3/20," for example, a scammer could easily change the date to read "2019," "2000," or any other year from this century. The scammers could use this change to try and cash an old check or forge an unpaid debt.

The solution? Write out the full date. "It could possibly protect you and prevent legal issues on paperwork," tweeted Dusty Rhodes, an auditor in Hamilton County, Ohio.

Police departments across the country have been echoing the warning on social media.



The problem stems from the ease at which the year 20 can be changed to any date from the last two decades. For example 04/01/20 could easily be changed to 04/01/2017, giving scammers a chance to defraud you.
“When signing and dating legal documents, do not use 20 as the year 2020,” a Facebook post by the East Millinocket Police Department said. “March 3, 2020 being written as 3/3/20 could be modified to 3/3/2017 or 3/3/2018. Protect yourself. Do not abbreviate 2020.”
Dusty Rhodes, Hamilton County Auditor, concurs. He said via Twitter: “When writing the date in 2020, write the year in its entirety. It could possibly protect you and prevent legal issues on paperwork. Example: If you just write 1/1/20, one could easily change it to 1/1/2017 (for instance) and now your signature is on an incorrect document.”

On Facebook, some citizens criticised the East Millinocket Police Department’s post. ”Gonna call BS on this one unfortunately,” said Evan Scott Reyne. “Should we not have used ’19′ for the entirety of last year: eg 3/3/19 because someone could alter it to ’3/3/1991′ (92, 93, 94, through 1998)? Sorry. Sounds like fear mongering here.” 
Here’s Why You Should Never Shorten 2020 To 20 On Legal Documents Here’s Why You Should Never Shorten 2020 To 20 On Legal Documents Reviewed by Anson Moore on January 06, 2020 Rating: 5

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