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January 22, 2014

We caught a bunch of frauds using notary verbiage

For most notaries, Notary verbiage is a cause for annoyance or confusion. Due to the poor quality of notary education in most states, notaries simply don’t know how to cross out the is/are and the unused “s” in signature(s) in the boiler plate notary wording. You can easily catch an amateur notary in the act or after the fact simply by looking at their cross outs. You can look at their journal of notarial acts and see if they are taking liberties or making omissions there too.

My notary seal impression was used fraudulently once. No, the notary seal was not stolen (don’t panic), it was just xeroxed with a high quality xerox machine onto another document that needed to be notarized in a hurry. The crime was actually done by a young lady working at a Title Company who made little circles to dot her i’s. Very post high school and ditsy if you ask me. The signature didn’t look at all like mine. But, besides all of these other stupidities, their fraud was easy to catch because they didn’t do their cross-outs in the Notary verbiage section! Additionally, they didn’t use an embosser to emboss every single page with a raise impression which cannot be xeroxed — which is exactly why I used it. If they had been more sophisticated frauds, my embosser would have been my only recourse to prove them guilty.

To my good fortune (or bad luck) I was never called into court to act as a witness. I don’t believe that the bad guys were seriously punished. Maybe they were reprimanded and promised never to do it again. A Title company could get completely shut down for that type of fraud if the right authorities ever found out. Don’t they value their future? Maybe not!

So, the moral of the story for you guys is to take your Notary verbiage seriously. That is what makes your profession a profession, and your ability to handle Notary wording defines your level of expertise.

(1) Due to the poor quality of notary education, notaries often don’t know how to cross out is/are, (ies), etc.
(2) A young lady who worked in title and made cute circles to dot her i’s Xeroxed my notary seal!
(3) Take your notary verbiage seriously, it might be the only thing that distinguishes you from a fraud!
(4) My notary seal was used fraudulently once! It was Xeroxed!

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  1. The post really doesn’t address the topic. Just a self righteous blurb on plurals neglecting gender. Then you digress to a completely different topic of personal experience. This is not rocket science to crosscut, but appreciate your relating the personal experience.

    Comment by alan — January 26, 2014 @ 3:43 am

  2. Yes, I agree with the other commenter. First, we are reading about how stupid you think someone is, briefly mention crossing out notary verbiage, which I might add, the plurals/he/she not being crossed has never been a cause for rejection. Then after expounding on how stupid she and some notaries are, you then muse about the employee’s punishment, and kind of recommend using an embosser, which requires us to manually color it in for scans. Oh then calling your odd list tweets…. so this is a press release? This is like the gems your site previously wrote saying more e & o will get us sued, or that when the market allows we should all lower our prices for the benefit of the signing company, and be happy and grateful for whatever work we get, because people in third world countries make less. Does anyone else remember that one? That we should be grateful and happy we aren’t in poverty. That one was my favorite I think. I read it for sarcasm at first.

    Comment by right — November 18, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

  3. Some Notary — can’t even write a grammatical rant.

    Comment by Clifton Palmer McLendon — November 20, 2014 @ 2:25 am

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