Warning: police caution against abbreviating 2020 in legal documents

7th January 2020

The Malta Police Force issued the warning to protect individuals against tampering of official documents.

The Malta Police Force has issued a warning against signing legal/professional documentation by abbreviating the date.

For example, instead of signing a document as 07/01/20, it cautioned to use the full: 07/01/2020.

Abbreviating the date to the former, could allow a document to be backdated, such as: 07/01/2017, the police advice warned.

So-called ‘memes’ have been appearing in various online social networks warning of the same message since 1st January. Critics have countered by saying official legal and professional documentation often lay out the date in full, written out both in words and numerically. Others contend that official documentation is often provided digitally, making it more difficult to tamper with.


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