Signing a Document? Don't Abbreviate 2020

Signing a Document? Don't Abbreviate 2020

By David DeMoss

Happy New Year! Now that we’ve approached a new decade, naturally, when signing a date on a document, most people will put in the format of 1/1/20. However, police are advising not to do that, as that date can be easily altered by adding two digits to say 1/1/2018 or some other year. So, if you have any legal or professional documents you have to sign in the future, signing the date with the full year of 2020 could help save you from any potential turmoil later on. More from Aliza Chasan below.

Police are advising people to write out the full year with 2020 upon us.

Abbreviated versions can easily be altered, police warned. For instance, the date 1/2/20 can be altered to read 1/2/2017 or 1/2/2019 or some other year by adding two digits.

“This is very sound advice and should be considered when signing any legal or professional document,” the East Millinocket Police Department in Maine wrote on Facebook. “It could potentially save you some trouble down the road.”

More tips to keep you protected in 2020 from the Better Business Bureau here.

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