You Could Open Yourself to Fraud
Since this could affect your money, I want to share it here. When you write a date on an official form or document this year, don't write the year 2020 as just “20.” Write the year out with all four digits.
For example, if you date a document 1/24/20. It could easily be changed to to a future date of 1/24/2022 by adding two numbers at the end. Or a scammer might back date a contract to 1/24/2017.
Better Safe Than Sorry
It's still early in the year and there's no evidence yet that anyone has been scammed in this way. I asked an attorney if she thinks this is a real risk. She replied that it is difficult to know for sure but the solution is easy enough. And an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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