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Notary Bulletin

City Steps Up As Personal Records Are Compromised

Police in Lawrence are trying to figure out why two former Public School Department employees used city computers to run questionable background checks on Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, boxer Evander Holyfield, and actors Michael Chiklis, Hugh Laurie and Sela Ward.

Conference 2009: Opportunity, Education and Interaction

The opportunities for America’s Notaries to act as identity managers will only grow as virtually every major industry recognizes the critical need to keep its most sensitive and valuable information secure. That was one of the key messages heard by the hundreds of Notaries, government officials and dignitaries who attended the National Notary Association’s 31st Annual Conference in Las Vegas last month.

Czech Terminal Patients May Soon Need Notarization To End Life

Notaries often are present at important moments of life — from buying a home to getting children into the neighborhood school to making healthcare decisions in the event of an emergency. And if an activist group in this Central European nation has its way, Notaries will be present at one of the last moments in life for many.

Federal E-Verify Rule Signals Growing Commitment To Identity Management

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that, starting in September, federal contracts will only be awarded to companies that use the government’s E-Verify system to assure their employees are in the country legally and eligible to work.

Fingerprinting — The Notary’s Shield Against Fraud

For a spiral ink smudge on a piece of paper, a fingerprint contains a lot of power. It’s one of the strongest proofs of identity used today, and, because of that, national use of fingerprinting for Notary journal entries is the key to stemming the tidal wave of fraud swamping America.

Florida Organizes, Lobbies To Battle Mortgage Fraud

FLORIDA — The Sunshine State is seen by many as ground zero for mortgage fraud in America, ranking at or near the top of the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) fraud index for the past four years. But if local officials have their way, the state may soon be known as ground zero for multi-agency mortgage fraud task forces.

Food For A Signature And Seal

The McDonald McGarry Insurance Brokers in downtown Edmonds have found a way to use the commissions of its five Notaries to help those who are less fortunate in these tough economic times.