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June 11, 2019

A Los Angeles detective seizes two journals and complains about a blurry thumbprint

Filed under: Notary Mistakes — admin @ 10:14 pm

Yes people, it really happened. A Los Angeles Notary notarized the wrong person. That person was committing some type of fraud. The next thing you know, some detectives were banging on her door. She had to let them have two of her journals. But, that was not good enough for the detectives. They went through a long whining session.

One of the thumbprints taken by the Notary was blurry. How can you do forensics on a blurry thumbprint? Why was that Notary so lazy that they could not take a proper thumbprint? It’s not rocket science — you just push down — and that’s it. Take thumb, press down in ink pad, rise thumb, press straight down on journal thumbprint designated space, feel good, that’s all.

Then on another journal entry, there was no thumbprint, and trust me, the detectives complained a whole lot about that.

So, if you are Notaries and say, “You’re being too picky Jeremy, and besides, my state doesn’t require that.” There are real reasons why I make the recommendations that I do, and it is not just to give you a hard time. You can get in real trouble without thumbprints and proper journal work. Don’t let it happen to you.

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3 Comments »

  1. My “rule of thumb,” GET A THUMB PRINT FOR EACH JOURNAL ENTRY. That’s how I AVOID fraud.

    Comment by Ellen Michaels — June 12, 2019 @ 4:22 pm

  2. In Massachusetts only the secretary of state can ask for a notary journal. A notary is a minor officer of the court, the police detectives probably don’t have the power to search and seize a journal.

    Did they have warrant?

    Comment by John O'Keefe — August 2, 2019 @ 6:07 pm

  3. +I agree with Jeremy. I get a thumb print from every client.

    Comment by Gary S Williamson — August 2, 2019 @ 7:21 pm

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