Legal experts warn one simple mistake could expose people to fraud

Legal experts warn one simple mistake could expose people to fraud

Legal experts warn one VERY simple and common mistake could leave people exposed to fraud this year

  • Lawyers are urging people to write ‘2020’ in full when dating documents 
  • Dates formatted as DD/MM/YY leaves the year column able to be altered
  • People should only sign important documents with the date written in full

Legal experts have warned that one simple mistake could leave people exposed to fraud this year.

Lawyers are urging people to write ‘2020’ in full when dating documents so that they cannot be altered or manipulated in the future.

Documents written as DD/MM/YY leave the year column able to be altered, giving scammers an opportunity to change papers by adding two digits after the ’20’ to post or pre-date the document.

The Queensland Law Society’s immediate past president Bill Potts told The Courier Mail that people should be wary of their documents to avoid drama.

Queensland Law Society’s immediate past president Bill Potts said people should be wary of their important documents

‘The potential hot spots include wills, legal and financial documents, where the date is only displayed, and also it’s very important any trust account authorities do likewise because they may be vulnerable to this fraud,’ he said. 

‘Better to be safe than sorry is the mantra.’

The society says people should only sign important documents if the entire date is written out in full.

Experts recommend dating documents with the year written out in full, and not to sign documents without the date written in full

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