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The Most Common Notary Lawsuits Can Be Prevented By Sound Practices

By NNA Staff on August 15, 2011 - If you notarize a document that contains a forged signature or fail to screen signers for willingness and awareness, it is highly likely you will be named in a lawsuit when that document is challenged in court.

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Hotline Tip: How To Take A Thumbprint

By NNA Staff on August 11, 2011 - The NNA recommends that Notaries obtain a thumbprint from every signer because of its value in deterring fraud. Here’s how to do it.

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Jump in Mortgage Fraud Affirms Importance of Notary Journal Records

By NNA Staff on August 09, 2011 - Reports of suspected mortgage fraud jumped 31 percent in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the same period last year, and many of the new cases were discovered amid increased scrutiny of loans originated during the final years of the real estate boom.

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'Notario'-Type Fraud Can Target Any Immigrant Community

By NNA Staff on August 09, 2011 - While Spanish-speaking immigrants are the most well-known targets of “Notario Publico” fraud, they aren’t the only victims. State law enforcement officials warn that any immigrant group can be targeted by con artists offering phony immigration services.

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'Notary Event Of The Year' Returns To Southern California In 2012

By NNA Staff on August 09, 2011 - The National Notary Association is pleased to announce that the 34th annual NNA Conference will be returning to the sunny shores of California in 2012, just in time to celebrate the NNA’s 55th anniversary.

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Summer Poll Reveals Notaries and Their Employers Lack Protection From Flawed Notarizations

By NNA Staff on August 09, 2011 - Forty six percent of Notaries who responded to our summer poll reported they do not carry Errors & Omissions (E&O) insurance, leaving nearly half of the Notary community vulnerable to costly lawsuits.

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Hotline Tip: Can I Accept A 'Matricula Consular' Card As Valid Identification?

By NNA Staff on August 03, 2011 - A couple recently came to me seeking to notarize a lien. They both have Matricula Consular cards, and the wife has a Mexican Postal Employee ID that includes her eye color, hair color, issue date, photograph, signature, and expiration date. Can I use these as acceptable forms of identification?

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NNA and FTC Encourage Notaries To Use Complaint System To Report 'Notario' Abuse

By NNA Staff on August 03, 2011 - As part of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers from fraud, the NNA has been working with Federal Trade Commission officials to encourage Notaries to report individuals or businesses engaging in the unauthorized practice of immigration law via a link on the NNA’s “Important Differences Between U.S. Notaries and Notarios” Resource Page.

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NNA White Paper: Employers Should Create A Management And Oversight Plan For Their Notaries

By NNA Staff on August 03, 2011 - The NNA has released a new White Paper entitled “An Employer’s Guide to Managing Its Notary Workforce,” which provides guidance to organizations that employ Notaries on how to properly supervise, educate, and manage their Notary-employees.

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Oregon, Ohio Declare Webcam Notarizations Unacceptable

By NNA Staff on August 03, 2011 - Ohio and Oregon have joined a growing number of states declaring remote webcam notarizations are not permitted and that a signer’s physical appearance before a Notary is required for all notarial acts.

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