A new type of fraud in 2020: how to protect yourself
The New Year with a beautiful “round” number gives scammers a new opportunity to fake documents, but you can protect yourself with a simple solution: do not shorten the date. Writes about this USA Today.
Why? This year's abbreviation is easy to change and can be used against you. The problem is that scammers can easily manipulate a document and instead of “1/1/20” make “1/1/2000” or even “1/1/2021”.
According to auditor Dusty Rhodes, writing a full date "can protect you and prevent legal problems with paperwork."
The threat is real, said Ira Reingold, executive director of the National Association of Consumer Defenders.
Reinhold said fraudsters can use this method to establish allegedly unpaid debt or try to cash out an old check.
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“Let's say you agreed to make payments starting January 15.01.20, 15.01.2009. A fraudster could theoretically prove that you began to fulfill your obligations on January XNUMX, XNUMX, and try to knock out extra money from you, ”Reinhold said.
For example, a check dated “1/1/20” could become “1/1/2021” next year and provide an opportunity to cash it out again. A similar method can be used for debts that are beyond the statute of limitations.
The solution is simple: there is nothing wrong with writing the full date. Specifying a month with a word can also help.
Write “January 15, 2020”, not “January 15.01.20, XNUMX”.
The police also agree with the experts.
“This is very reasonable advice and should be considered when signing any legal or professional document. This could potentially save you from trouble in the future, ”the East Millinocket police in Maine said.
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