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September 9, 2012

Saved by the Notary Journal

Filed under: Journals — Tags: , — admin @ 10:29 am

For obvious reasons, I won’t name the state…but one notary came upon this situation: a woman who was having an affair with a married man had a friend who worked at the Department of Motor Vehicles, and this person actually created a false ID for this woman so she could pose as the man’s wife (!!!) The man and his mistress arranged to refinance his home, and used the ID to present to the unsuspecting notary. Loan fraud! They took all the money out of the house and went to South America. When an attorney contacted the notary almost 12 months later, our notary was horrified…but, because she was in one of the sixteen states that require we keep a notary journal, she had taken a thumbprint from the woman…even though, in her state, the thumbprint is regularly required only on a Power of Attorney. When the case came to trial, it was the thumbprint in the notary journal that allowed the wife to recoup her losses…well, the money. She didn’t want the husband back; just the money. EXTRA: Which two states do require a thumbprint in the journal ? A good idea!

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  1. I always use my journal and get a thumb print. My state doesn’t require the thumb print, however, it is my name and neck on line if something goes wrong. I have on Major Title Company thst says we are not to get finger print if our state does not require it, I really don’t think they have the right to tell any notary what to do as far as their record keeping for their notarial acts. I will continue to get thumb prints in my journal regardless.

    Comment by Elizabeth Gruning — October 25, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

  2. We are required in CA to get prints for Deeds and POAs. I print every transaction – no questions in the future

    Comment by Ina — September 30, 2014 @ 5:09 am

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