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November 15, 2016

How to spot fake ID at a notarization

Most Notaries study Notary law. But, do we keep handbooks that are up to date about spotting fake ID’s? Perhaps we should . Our primary task as a Notary is not to make people feel good, and is not to get the job done either. It is to identify signers and make sure that fraud doesn’t take place. It is better to say “no” rather than to get a Notary job done wrong — hence the name “no”–tary. Otherwise we would be yestaries and the world would go down the tubes.

ID Handbooks
The NNA and other vendors have books going over every state’s identification documents. They can tell you about distinguishing features, new watermarks, and other telltale signs that the ID is genuine.

Jeremy’s Solution — an online ID database
Personally, I think there should be a computer system to let the Notary look you up on a Federal or state database — but, that’s just me.

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Things to look for one the ID

(1) Physical Description
Sometimes the physical description doesn’t match the signer. With ladies changing their hairstyle frequently, it is hard to tell their identity.

(2) Mispellings
Then, there could be misspellings in the name or a wrong name variation.

(3) Tampering
Obvious signs of tampering are almost a guarantee of a fake ID. I saw one of those once and only once.

(4) Watermarks
Finally watermarks are used in identification documents and currency to prove authenticity. It is possible, but hard for a fraud to replicate an authentic watermark. In China I’m sure they’ll figure it out as faking things is their specialty. But, for the rest of us it would not be so easy.

(5) Lack of raised lettering
Many of the newer ID’s have raised lettering. However, without a guidebook, you won’t know which states and which identification years of issue have raised letters.

(6) What’s your sign?
Ask the signer their sign. If they are using a fake ID with wrong DOB it will be very difficult for them to immediately recite their sign. You can also ask for their zip code to spot a fraud.

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Most Notaries do not inspect ID’s carefully. They just record the information in their journal. Unless something fake is jumping out at them, they will not notice that something is wrong. It pays to get a handbook and become and expert. After all, the whole point of being a Notary is to deter fraud. In my opinion, each state’s Notary division should require all Notaries to be experts at spotting fake ID’s in addition to other critical related skills. Maybe one day technology and training will improve.

Smokey bear says — say no to forest fires. Notary Jer says — say no to fake notary identifications — if you can spot them.

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April 29, 2016

Notary Amusement Park

Filed under: Virtual Comedy Themes — Tags: , , , , , — admin @ 7:36 am

Have you ever been to Notary Land, or ever wanted to? Well, now is your chance to know all about it without leaving home, and without having to purchase a ticket.

The Stamp Room
The stamp room is a room filled with all types of stamps. Large stamps, small ones, microscopic stamps, and more. There are even stamp robots that walk around the room answering notorial questions. If they can’t answer a particular question, they are trained to call Siri.

The Embosser Wheel
Spin the embosser wheel and win a prize. The problem is that you have to sign for your prize and get that signature notarized. You can also throw a ball and knock over one of the stuffed notary seals. For Mexican Notaries with kids, you can get a Notary seal shaped pinata. When you bust the pinata open, you’ll get notary shaped chocolates falling out.

The jRobot
This robot is a Notary Public. It can do any Notary act better than most humans do. The problem is that it wasn’t programmed to laugh at jokes.

“You know a funny thing happened to me on the way over here today. I ran a yellow light and the guy right in front of me one lane over stopped next to me at the red light. He asked me why I didn’t run this red light too. I said I was saving this one for you”

“I find that statement highly illogical” (in a monotone)

The Hall of Notaries
Then enter the hall of notaries where you can see famous notaries from different states who lived throughout the ages. You can see their achievements, and see where a few of them went wrong. Learn about the Virginia Notary who was investigated by the FBI for notarizing a terrorist with a stolen or fake ID here. Also, you can learn about the first American Notaries who helped the founding fathers get the Declaration of Independence notarized. You might not know this, but the notary for that signing was actually late to his appointment because he double booked, and then got stuck in traffic behind a really wide ox-cart.

Mickey Mouse Notarizations
Tired of dealing with Mickey Mouse Notaries who don’t know what they are doing? Well, at our amusement park, you can get a Mickey Mouse Notary from someone who does know what they are doing — and in a high pitched voice too. He will check your ID, make you sign a fur coated journal, and stamp your document. Just don’t be upset when you find out his fur boots are shaped like Notary seals.

The Gift Shop
Get Notary T-shirts at the Notary gift shop. Some shirts have notary seals, others say, “I love 123notary.” There is another that says, “At 123notary, you’re more than just a number, but we’re not.” For women they have a t-shirt that says, “I love being a Notary.” And another that says, “I’m not your husband’s mistress, I’m the Notary.” You can also get Notary seal souvenirs, Notary chocolates with huckleberry filling, and Notary magnets for your fridge.

Finish it off with some funnel cake
Most amusement parks have funnel cake. But, can they make the cake look like a signature? At the Notary amusement park they can! You can get it with bananas, blueberries, strawberries, whipped cream and cinnamon.

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April 22, 2016

The (Sleezy) Notary Motel

Filed under: Virtual Comedy Themes — Tags: , , — admin @ 7:08 am

We wrote about the Notary Hotel. That was one of most popular blog entries ever. But, what about Notary Motel. It’s just not as much fun at all. Imagine a sleezy Notary Motel. The clerk yells, “You have to be out of here by 10:30AM whether you are done signing or not.” The staff are always on the lookout for fake ID and compare all ID’s to the DMV’s database. This motel smelled like smoke in every room even though there were no smoking signs. Every time a car parked in the central lot, you could hear them slam their doors. Worse yet, I learned that in room 202, a Notary was turning signings in her room. There goes the neighborhood. There were people going in and out of that room all night long. One guy was in such a hurry to get out of there, he left his signatures hanging out as he exited the building.

SIGNER: Doing my signing here is terrible. What is that pounding noise on the wall.

NOTARY: Hmm, maybe they have a gym in the next room. Having fitness rooms is so popular these days.

SIGNER: The one thing I do like is that the parking lot in front looks like a Notary stamp. It is rectangular, the perimeter is very geometric with all of the parking spaces exactly in place. And in the middle it says the state, county, and the motel’s commission #.

NOTARY: Hmm, I didn’t notice that. Oh, I hear another noise coming from outside. Oh look, it is another Notary wearing wife beaters chasing his client into the parking lot.

OTHER NOTARY: Hey, sign this paper or else I’m leaving buddy.

OTHER SIGNER: Fine, take it and stuff it.

OTHER NOTARY: You owe me a travel fee. I hope you got cash!

OTHER SIGNER: I’m leaving.

SIGNER: Boy, what a place this Notary Motel is. I think we would have been much better off having our signing in the breakfast room of the Notary Hotel having one of those embossed waffles and then going to one of their signature rooms.

NOTARY: Yes, if we lived in a perfect world. But, if we lived in a perfect world, nobody would have to go to Notary Hell when they died either.

SIGNER: Good point. But, they go there because they have been bad Notaries, which is not the fault of the world. Okay, I’m done signing.

NOTARY: Great, just make sure you don’t walk out with one of their towels. They’ve been ripped off so many times they put microchips in those things to track them.

SIGNER: I’m not that desperate. Hey, who’s that sleazy looking lady in the parking lot. She looks like she is on drugs or something.

LADY: $10 dollars for a signature. $5 dollars for half a signature. I’ll sign anything you want!

GUY: Hey baby, wanna do a signing? Hop in!

NOTARY: I think we need to get out of here. I didn’t know it was this bad!

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