Consumer Alerts

Be Careful Out There!

Things aren't always what they seem. There is a lot of truth to the saying "If it seems to good to be true, it probably is." The information on this page can help you stop, think, and ask questions. If you are ever unsure about something, or think you may have been a victim of fraud, contact us immediately

Why NOT to abbreviate the year 2020.

Police have warned that anyone signing important documents or checks with an abbreviation of 2020, i.e. "20," could put themselves at risk of fraud. They recommend writing out the date in full, as 2020, on legal documents and checks.

Whenever possible, write out the full date (January 1, 2020). By writing out the date as 01/01/20 (January 1, 2020), the date can be fraudulently changed to 2019, 2021, or any other date in this century. Instead, make sure when you're dating documents in 2020 that you write the year out in full, to protect yourself against fraud.