The new year is giving scammers an easy way to forge documents, but you can protect yourself with an easy New Year’s resolution: Stop abbreviating the year.

Why? This year’s abbreviation is easily changeable and could be used against you. That ’20 could be turned into “2018” or “2019” on a check or other legal document.

While it’s early in the year for examples of this kind of fraud to emerge, the threat is real and always looming.

The simple solution: Fully write out the year — 2020 — on any legal documents, authorities say.