New Year, New Scams

Security officials are warning consumers on the importance of not abbreviating 2020 in official documents.

Avoid Being Scammed

Abbreviating the date can make it easy for scammers to commit forgery. For example, if the date is written as 01/09/20, scammers could change the date to 01/09/2019 or 01/09/2021. Forging the date allows scammers to attempt to collect unpaid debt or cash an old check. According to the executive director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, the threat of this kind of fraud is real. An easy solution to this problem, write the complete date, even writing the month out could help. Taking the time to write the full date, could prevent any trouble down the road, and should be considered when signing any legal or professional documents.