Protect yourself by writing the full date
The new year is giving scammers an easy way to forge documents. This year’s abbreviation is easily changeable and could be used against you.
While it’s early in the year for examples of this kind of fraud to emerge, the threat is real according to the National Association of Consumer Advocates.
The concern is that scammers could easily manipulate a document dated “1/1/20” into “11/1/2020” or even “1/1/2021” and attempt to use the method to establish an unpaid debt or to attempt to cash an old check.
The solution is easy: Write out the full date, month and year.
Write this: January 15, 2020.
Not this: 1/15/20
It may take an extra second, but could save you the pain of becoming a victim of fraud.
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