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Protect yourself in 2020 - don't abbreviate

Written by Darryl King, PARTNER; David Alizade, PARTNER on February 18th, 2020.    

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   Protect yourself in 2020 - don't abbreviate

February 2020

Moving into the “twenty-twenties” has provided scammers with a unique opportunity to forge documents and potentially defraud businesses. 

It is common practice to shorten the year when writing down a date.  However, when the year 2020 is abbreviated on official forms and documents you could leave yourself open to manipulation by fraudsters.


For example, 1/3/20 could easily be changed to 1/3/2022.  This could have a dramatic effect on a contract or financial document.

We recommend that you get in the habit of writing the year in full when signing and dating any legal or financial documents, including contracts and cheques. 

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended as legal advice.  It is important that you seek legal advice that is specific to your circumstances.

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