Why You Shouldn’t Abbreviate
Source: “Stop Abbreviating 2020. Police Say it Leaves You Open to Fraud and Could Cost You Big,” USA Today Network (Jan. 2, 2020)
Security officials are warning consumers to not abbreviate “2020” in official documents because they say it can be an easy way for scammers to commit forgery. They say the abbreviation makes it easy for scammers to change out the numbers on paperwork. For example, if you write a date like “1/3/20,” scammers could change it to “1/3/2000” or 1/3/2021.”Instead, write out the full year as “1/3/2020” or, better yet, write out the name of the month as well to read “January 3, 2020.” It “could possibly protect you and prevent legal issues on paperwork,” Dusty Rhodes, a Hamilton County, Ohio, auditor told the USA Today Network.Why would scammers want to change a date? They could seek to establish an unpaid debt or to attempt to cash an old check.Police departments across the country have urged the public to write out the year. “This is very sound advice and should be considered when signing any legal or professional document,” the East Millinocket Police Department in Maine wrote in a Facebook post. “It could potentially save you some trouble down the road”.
Maintenance: Preventing Water Damage
This month we are giving you some tips to help avoid excessive exposure of your home to water. Clean out the gutters – frequency – at least twice a year Gutters keep rain and water away from the side of your home to help avoid soil erosion and drowning the foundation. With stuffed/clogged gutters, water will overflow and should they become heavy with debris they can fall off the roof potentially causing leaks into the home and costly repairs and gutter replacement. Recaulk bathroom fixtures – frequency – at least every 5 years, check annually An affordable way to keep your bathroom(s) in great condition is to recaulk you tub, showers and bathroom tiles to prevent mold and water damage. Caulk acts as a sealant to prevent fixtures, e.g. toilets, showers and tubs, from leaking. Caulk does, however, harbor bacteria, mildew and odors which will discolor it. Check the caulk’s condition at least annually for signs of leaks, discoloration or damage. Tackle this job at the very minimum every 5 years. Check major appliances for leaks – frequency – at least annually Larger, often-used appliances, (refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher),should receive a deep clean and inspection at least once a year. This checkup will help you spot any leaks and schedule a tune up with a professional as necessary. Regular upkeep can help appliances run efficiently and potentially extend their lives.