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Police Warn Not to Abbreviate 2020 When Signing Documents

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In 2020 the abbreviation could mean that dates could easily be manipulated by adding extra number to change the date to a previous or future year.

It is common practice when dating documents to simply use the last two numbers of the year ⁠— for example, 30/12/19 meaning 30 December 2019.

However, in 2020, this abbreviation could mean that dates could easily be manipulated by adding extra number to change the date to a previous or future year, such as 2019 or 2021.

https://uk.yahoo.com/finance/news/police-warn-not-to-abbreviate-2020-when-signing-documents-153833164.html

https://www.newsweek.com/do-not-abbreviate-2020-fraud-legal-documents-forms-checks-1480295

I have put 2 links in different places as I know some of you have issues with Yahoo links and this is all over the internet

tumblespots
2 months ago
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MartinBluck
MartinBluck2 months ago

Thanks for sharing!

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DeeBurrell
DeeBurrell2 months ago

Thank for sharing

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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2 months ago

You are welcome 🐞

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Billie
Billie2 months ago

Thanks for sharing this this info with us. I had never thought of this before. The first link you put on didn't open for me but the second one was an interesting read

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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2 months ago

If it makes you more aware of what they can do to try and manipulate your 'dates' then I'm happy to share. (You are not the only one who has trouble opening the yahoo links) 🐞

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davidstockport
davidstockport2 months ago

Another thing is it's better to ALWAYS write out the date, Today is the 7th Jan 2020. (OK to abbreviate the month). Those who write it as 07/01/2020 could cause confusion as Americans (and other idiots) read it as the 1st July 2020.

I noticed a late friend of mine has his birthday given, online, as 4th February - I know for a fact his birthday was the 2nd April.

Sorry if the above might imply I think that ALL Americans are idiots - Frank Sinatra wasn't... he decided to be born on the 12th of December which prevented any confusion.

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RiannonWood
RiannonWood2 months ago

wow thank you for sharing I honestly never thought of this!!!

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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2 months ago

I'll bet you are glad that you read this then, I hadn't thought of it either but it is a really valid point. 🐞

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raydodds
raydodds2 months ago

Good to know, thanks for sharing.

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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2 months ago

Happy to share the info raydodds I would hate any of us to be caught out for not knowing. 🐞

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Faye1
Faye12 months ago

We are writing it as 2020 at work for these reason. I would never of thought of something like that myself though but bet some people will

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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2 months ago

I thought it would be a natural and easy slip to make which was why I posted it. So now it's 2020 all the way 🐞

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ClaireF1978
ClaireF19782 months ago

I'd never though of this but it's a good point. We've already started writing it as 20 at work but perhaps I should suggest a change to 2020. Thanks for the tip

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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2 months ago

You are welcome 🐞

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lornaae
lornaae2 months ago

Hadn't even thought of this, thanks for sharing I'm definitely gonna be careful now with this!

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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2 months ago

It is better to be safe than sorry and I would rather that people knew than find out that they were caught out 🐞

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