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ABA Launches Site To Fight Notario Fraud

In an effort to fight Notario fraud, the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration has launched a Web site called where victims and others who come across them can find information and help. Notario fraud  pretending to be a foreign-language Notary or immigration consultant to scam immigrants seeking legal help  is a crime.

Phony Notarios steal the hard-earned money of their victims, leaving them with serious immigration problems, but misuse of the title Notary Public also hurts the reputation of legitimate Notaries. If Notaries or other legal professionals spot a possible fraudulent Notario service, the ABA Commission recommends that they contact either their local district attorney or the state attorney generals office. Usually these state officials have a consumer protection section that can investigate Notario-related activities.

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

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