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Why NOT to Abbreviate 2020 | The Sarver Group

Why NOT to Abbreviate 2020

As the new year begins, a new fraudulent activity starts.  According to, by writing 1/16/20, the date can be fraudulently changed to 2019 or 2021 or any other date in this century.  Please write out the full date, 1/16/2020 to protect yourself against fraud.  It’s only an problem for the year 2020, as with ’19, you could only change to the 1900’s.  Likewise with ’18, you could only changed to the 1800’s and so on.  By abbreviating 2020 to ’20, a criminal could write two numbers after the ’20 that would infer a document was dated either before or after it actually was.   This is especially important on legal documents and written checks.  Be aware and protect yourselves!

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