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November 19, 2020

Double dipping

Filed under: Carmen Towles — admin @ 9:16 am

Recently, I got a disdtubing call from a title company. They had previously wanted my services but I was unavailable so I referred her to a couple of others in the area on 123notary.com. She used one of them I rhad ecommended and emailed her the information and documents for printing. I assumed all was well. But unfortunately, a subsequent call a few days later provided otherwise. It seems that this notary I referred had doubled dipped in th e cookie jar. She had invoiced tille and when the signer/borrower offered to pay her on the spot sat the table she accepted a check then as well. Needless to say, title was not happy in the least. The borrower noticed after the fact. SO this notary was paid twice fo the same job. 400.00 to be exact. Title waswas very upset and told me not to EVER refer this notary to anyone in the future. She said she was not a truthful honest person. I am shocked to say the least. I know this person and I was very disappointed with them.

To make it even worse title wanted me NOT to say anything to the notary, I was like “ Why in the world not she unquestionable needs to be reprimanded”. I have got to say something” but she swore me to secretary. She didnt want a big confrontation with the notary, themselves or their borrower. So to this day I have not said a word. I do think if the notary in question read this blog they know who they are. This was nothing short of being shameful. Her behavior says allot about this persons character. We are supposed to be above reproach, trustworthy and honest. This should just come with the territory of being a notary public, You are after all a sworn government official. She needs to act like it. I know it has been slow at times but come on. This is stealing. Plain and simple.

One day after some time has passed I WILL mention it. I need to. This person made me and 123notary look very bad. Thankfully this title company still uses me.



  1. I have many times been asked by the signers, how much they owed me. It would never occur to me to accept money. She should have known that she would be discovered. Too bad. It is hard enough to make an honest dollar in this work without people committing fraud.

    Comment by Darryl — May 8, 2020 @ 10:14 pm

  2. Greed. And just yesterday I was reading about this nice story. About a teenager in new mexico, going to ATM to draw money , to get medicines for his grand father. Finds neatly packed currency bundle , and calls police.
    They count and it comes to $135,000 ( in 20’s and 50’s) . It seems that honesty exists, and upbringing of a person by his family counts.

    Comment by Ray Diallooooo — May 8, 2020 @ 10:57 pm

  3. Notary Signing Agents should never accept funds from the borrowers under any circumstances. I’m not sure if I could be sworn to secrecy this is not her first time doing that. She will be remembered as dishonest. It’s a sad day when you can’t trust a Notary.

    Comment by Arlene Vincent — May 9, 2020 @ 12:58 am

  4. This is a negative reflection on all of us. Title should not have to second guess whether their notary will do this!

    Comment by Dan — May 13, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

  5. Yes, this is a bad reflection on us all. It’s sad that some people have no morals.

    Comment by LaTanya — May 19, 2020 @ 7:32 pm

  6. Dont you have the authority to cancel her listing? She is a liability to your business reputation, and keeping her onboard raises the chances of her doing it again under the guise of being a reputable agent.

    Comment by Renee — May 24, 2020 @ 4:45 pm

  7. I have heard of this too, in my area. I kmow her and I was a little disappointed to hear she had accepted payment from a borrower and also a title company through the loan cd/transactions. Very rude and unscrupulous! Janis

    Comment by Janis Martin — June 24, 2020 @ 6:11 pm

  8. The notary should have been confronted and the money returned to the borrower. The longer the secrecy the longer she will keep doing it.

    Comment by Lydia — January 18, 2021 @ 4:20 pm

  9. Seems like Notary Public’s are the ONKY government officials EVER held to this standard. I did get paid at the table for One signing. Couple selling mom’s house, drove from out of town, had to close fast. Vendor Asked if I would accept payment like this ahead of time. When I confirmed sellers asked if I would accept a personal check. I said, cash only. It burned a hole in my wallet, gone on 1 day, so I really shouldn’t do that, again. I gave them and vendor a printed cash receipt

    Comment by Betty — January 18, 2021 @ 4:56 pm

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