CBS DETROIT – Next time you sign a legal or professional document this year, take a closer look at the date.

In the past, you were probably used to using the last two digits of the year like 1/1/19.

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Here’s why that is risky in 2020: 

If you only format the last two digits (20) it can be easily changed.

Someone could modify the date to a year in the past or for a future date.

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It’s important to remember this for documents where contract dates matter.

This also counts when writing a check.

Protect yourself and remember: do not abbreviate the year 2020 on important documents.

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