A Police Department in a small United States community has issued a warning on its social media that has gone viral due to it being relevant worldwide.
The East Millinocket Police Department posted on the organization's Facebook page that people shouldn't abbreviate the year 2020 on legal or professional documents because it could lead to fraud.
"When signing and dating legal documents, do not use 20 as the year 2020. March 3rd, 2020 being written as 3/3/20 could be modified to 3/3/2017 or 3/3/2018. Protect yourself. Do not abbreviate 2020," according to the police department's Facebook post of a meme credited to George E. Moore Law Office, LLC.
However, their hack saw mixed responses online with some arguing that people shouldn't do that anyway, as it was the same last year with it being 2019 ('19).
"Gonna call BS on this one unfortunately. Should we not have used '19' for the entirety of last year: eg 3/3/19 because someone could alter it to '3/3/1991' (92, 93, 94, through 1998)? Sorry. Sounds like fear mongering here," wrote one social media user.
"Changing 19 to 1999 isn't the same as changing something from 20 to 2019 or 2021. I know there are a lot of 'experts' commenting here but there are also a lot of scammers waiting for an opportunity like this," rebutted another.
The mixed reactions saw the police department respond for clarification, writing: "Please understand that we handle scam and fraud calls on a regular basis so we try to provide our small community with tips to avoid potential problems. Of course we understand that all dates can be altered. Criminals are always looking for ways to take advantage of people. This meme provided a tip that we felt has some validity so this is why we shared it. It is not intended as legal advice or a warning, only as a cautionary tip to consider."