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What’s the safest way to write the date? The BBB has some advice


Three days into the new year, three days into the peril of writing the date not just correctly, but safely.

On Friday, the Better Business Bureau serving the Inland Empire and Central California issued a warning when it comes to abbreviating the date on important documents.

"Writing '20' in the year section can lead to possible complications further down the line, as the year can then be easily manipulated," read a statement from the BBB. "For instance, if the date is written as "01/03/20" it can be altered to look like the document is dated "01/03/2019" or even dated ahead, such as "1/03/2025."

Until 2021, go with the safe, unabbreviated bet.

Unless, of course, prospective forgers are trying to simulate a letter from the distant future.

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Sam Benson Smith

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