Starting this year, make sure that you write all numbers when you write the year 2020.
Don’t abbreviate by writing the year as only “/20”, i.e. 1/1/20.
Why does this matter?
If you use the abbreviated form, the date can be altered by merely adding 2 numbers after the 20 to change the year – i.e. 1/1/2019 or 1/1/2000, etc.
This can have unfortunate legal consequences, such as:
If you wrote only “/20” for the year on a check- it could be cashed now by internet presentation, and then potentially cashed again in 2021 by merely adding the numbers 21 at the end.
The term of a contract can also be altered when the abbreviation “/20” is used for the year. Say you signed a purchase contract for something with a 4 year warranty but dated it using the abbreviation “/20”. After the fact, the contract could be altered by adding 16 to the end of “/20”, thereby negating the 4 year warranty.
Fraudsters are crafty, but don’t offer them an easy opportunity to defraud you by not writing the full 2020.
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