New Year New Fraud
You may have scratched out 2019 to write 2020 a few times by now. As we get comfortable writing the new date for the new year, the Postal Inspection Service wants you to be aware that the same old criminals are up to their same old tricks, just in different ways. Many people are accustomed to abbreviating the year with the last two digits; however, doing that this year can leave an open invitation for fraud, especially on important and legal documents. Scammers can easily alter the date to an earlier year and affect the transaction or contract.
As a precaution, please skip the short-cut and write out the full date. It is better to be safe than sorry.