Be careful not to abbreviate 2020

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Many security officials are warning us not abbreviate “2020” in official documents because they say it can be an easy way for scammers to commit forgery. They say the abbreviation makes it easy for scammers to change out the numbers on paperwork. For example, if you write a date like “1/3/20,” scammers could change it to “1/3/2000” or 1/3/2021.” since so many scammers are out there they look for new ways to scam us.



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  1. Kathy Streib 01/04/2020 05:49 PM
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Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Good to know.  I can see how this may affect our documents. New practice for the new year.

Jan 04, 2020 06:02 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Donald Urschalitz good point....especially with legal documents.... always write out the date.

Jan 04, 2020 06:04 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Donald - a word to the wise and to the not-so-wise too.  Be aware.  

Jan 04, 2020 06:33 AM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Donald - we always have to keep our defenses up agains these scammers.

Jan 04, 2020 07:04 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Donald... I am so sick of all these scammers, you can't imagine. I do very little of contractual work that isn't done on something like zipforms, which means they automatically enter the date for me... harder to change. Nonetheless, this is a good thing to watch for in documents where the date is handwritten or when you're wet signing one yourself.

Jan 04, 2020 08:26 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Donald - saw something about this just yesterday!!! Good reminder for all of us. 

Jan 04, 2020 02:13 PM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I've seen several reports about this on the news.  It's important info to share!

Jan 04, 2020 08:18 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Donald.

I heard about this on the news.  Makes sense to me

Jan 05, 2020 01:24 AM #8
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Donald Urschalitz thanks for the warning about this important issue.

Jan 05, 2020 06:21 PM #9
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Very important for this year.  It seems easier for us because we use dot loop and transaction desk and it dates and time stamps automatically.  Thanks for sharing and hope you have a great day!

Jan 15, 2020 05:22 AM #10
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I think of this advice whenever I write a check now. It is good to remember 

Jan 24, 2020 05:15 AM #11
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