Don't abbreviate the year 2020 for security reasons

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Don't abbreviate the year 2020 for security reasons

Postby FlyingPenguin » Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:53 pm

Interesting tip I got from law enforcement the other day, and I found a bunch of articles mentioning it. Don't abbreviate the year 2020 on legal documents, checks or anything (eg: 1/5/20). Instead spell out the full year (1/5/2020).

Why? Because it would be VERY easy for a nefarious person to alter the date and potentially cost you money.

"Say you agreed to make payments beginning on 1/15/20. The bad guy could theoretically establish that you began owing your obligation on 1/15/2019, and try to collect additional $$$," Rheingold wrote.

In the future, post-dating could be a problem too. For example, a check dated "1/1/20" could become "1/1/2021" next year, possibly making the uncashed check active again, Rheingold wrote. A similar method could be used for debts that are past the statute of limits.

The solution is easy: There's no harm in writing the full date. Writing the month out can also help. ... 795857001/
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Re: Don't abbreviate the year 2020 for security reasons

Postby darcy » Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:12 pm

I've always had the habit of using 4-digit year on checks and legal docs. Always seemed the smart thing to do.
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Re: Don't abbreviate the year 2020 for security reasons

Postby Losbot » Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:43 am

I've always done 4 digit years.

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