Use these simple steps to combat fraud in the new year?

It’s a new year and time for you to clean the slate and start fresh on the right foot. Time to clean up the clutter and get rid of the trash or documents you no longer need. Thats my plan this weekend to clean, declutter and donate a ton of stuff we no longer need.

And with it being a new year official’s are warning all of us to be cautious and careful if you generally write the year out on documents as a two-digit number, you may want to quit the practice. Experts warn it could leave you open to fraud.

By only writing 2-0 in an abbreviated form, scammers could tack on a different year, creating all sorts of problems. So rather than marking the date as 1/3/20, write out January 3, 2020 or at the very least, 1/3/2020.

Maine’s East Millinocket Police Department writes, “This is very sound advice and should be considered when signing any legal or professional document. It could potentially save you some trouble down the road.”

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