OSKALOOSA – We’re only nine days into the new year, and police departments and social media users across the U.S. are urging the public not to abbreviate the year 2020 when dating official documents.
The concern is that using the abbreviated form of the year leaves unsuspecting people vulnerable to fraud as scammers can easily doctor the numbers by adding two more digits.
For example, you would date documents “01/10/2020”instead of “01/10/20.” However, Oskaloosa Police Chief Ben Boeke offers a different perspective on the warning.
“I usually don’t take much notice of internet wildfire rumors, but this one seems to be getting plenty of attention from the inter-webs, especially on Twitter,” he said. “In my opinion, there is no more danger to writing ‘1/9/20’ than there was in writing ‘1/9/19’. Shortened years could always be changed, and it has never been a problem. If it makes you feel better to write ‘1/9/2020’ or ‘1/9/20-’ to protect yourself, there is no harm in that. Like most people, I’m still getting used to writing ’20 instead of ’19.”