It is illegal to use a fake Notary seal, forged notary seal or fraudulent notary seal. It is also illegal to borrower someone else’s notary seal whether you use it or not. But, how can you tell a Notary seal is fake?
A real Notary Seal should display the name of the notary, county where they are commissioned, serial number and a commission expiration date. the stamp or seal should also have some sort of a border. There are various types of designs for borders such as serrated, milled, etc.
How do you know if a notary seal is fake? If the fraud is not very professional, their seal might be lacking some of the required information or might be made in a sloppy manner. However, it is quite possible a fraud could have gone to a professional stamp manufacturer and gotten a seal created, perhaps overseas where U.S. laws cannot be enforced. You might not know if a seal is fake. But, the bigger danger is that a person imposters you that you never see, and goes to a notary who you never meets and they try to forge a deed to your house. If they do, they will probably get caught and do some serious time in the big house. So, don’t lose sleep over this.
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