• Report: #753935

Complaint Review: NotaryNow.com

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  • Submitted: Sat, July 16, 2011
  • Updated: Sat, July 16, 2011

  • Reported By: LKT/CA — Upland California USA
Internet United States of America

NotaryNow.com Video / Web Cam Notarizations - New Jersey, Internet

*Author of original report: Let's Not Be Ridiculous NotaryNow.com !!!

*General Comment: Online Notary Is Legal

*Author of original report: NotaryNow.com is based in California, not New Jersey

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This internet based company offers notary services online.  This is ILLEGAL in California and many other states.  Here's a link to the California Secretary of State website and comment on this ILLEGAL service:  http://www.sos.ca.gov/business/notary/customer-alert.htm

A person must appear IN PERSON before a Notary Public when having their signature notarized.  They must present a valid, government issued ID and sign the document in the Notary Public's presence.  Web cam & video notarizations - where the document signer does not have to be present before the Notary Public, but uploads their ID and document online and sees a Notary online through a web camera - only serves to support identity theft, general fraud, real estate fraud, and elder abuse.

Your ID can be stolen, then the crook can use photo shop type programs to replace your ID photo with theirs, upload that online, appear on camera before a Notary and sign your name, thus impersonating you.  Or, the crook could wear wigs, fake mustaches, and other disguises - photo shop that photo onto your ID, get a grant deed notarized online conveying YOUR REAL PROPERTY to them, have it recorded and now you're in a legal fight to get your property back. 

Do NOT have your documents notarized online - it is ILLEGAL in California and many other states, the internet company owner has been told this, yet they have refused to remove the site.  Whichever state you're in, do a search for that state's SOS.  Verify that it is legal in that state (which I highly doubt) before you engage in online notarizations. 

The purpose of having your signature notarized IN PERSON before the Notary is the prevent fraud - the Notary exams the ID to check for tampering, watches you sign and has you sign their journal (in state's where a journal is required).  This ensures that the person signing the document is the one who is supposed to be signing the document.  Web cam / video notarizations throw these safety checks right out the window!  An ID uploaded online cannot be personally examined to see if it has been tampered with nor can the person signing be observed for unusual behavior such as nervousness, non-understanding of what they are signing, or asked questions to ensure that they are the person named in the document who should be signing the document. 

Don't be an identity theft, fraud, elder abuse or real estate fraud victim!!  Do NOT utilize any web cam/video notarization.  See a Notary Public IN person in your town.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/16/2011 06:55 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/NotaryNowcom/internet/NotaryNowcom-Video-Web-Cam-Notarizations-New-Jersey-Internet-753935. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Author of original report

Let's Not Be Ridiculous NotaryNow.com !!!


The issue is NOT about one state accepting another state's notarization.  Thanx for the strawman argument.  LOL!!!  Won't waste my time responding to such an absurd NON-argument.

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#2 General Comment

Online Notary Is Legal

AUTHOR: endaka - ()

This complaint is just incorrect, either to purposely scare consumers away from online notaries or maybe because the notary who wrote it is not fully informed on notary laws and how they work.

Online notary services are authorized under Virginia law as of 2012.  There are a number of strict measures in place to ensure the validity and security of the notary identity process, as well as the integrity of the resulting notarized electronic document.  It's certainly more secure than the processes used by notaries in the "paper world." And it still involves an audio/video interaction, where the notary can ask questions, evaluate the behavior and comprehension of the signer, etc.

If a Virginia notary obeys Virginia law, the notarization is valid, regardless of where the signer is located or where the document will be used.  Do not get an online notary done by a notary in another state, but then again it's unlikely you'd see that offered, at least until other states pass legislation similar to Virginia's.

Every state accepts notarial acts performed in other states, as mandated by the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the US Constitution.  Most states (including California) even have laws that say notarizations validly performed outside of their state are acceptable. Millions of times annually a document is notarized in one state for use in another state, and it's acceptable.

There's no legally valid reason why notarizations done by a Virginia online notary shouldn't be accepted anywhere. This complaint is just fearmongering.

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#3 Author of original report

NotaryNow.com is based in California, not New Jersey


Correction:  NotaryNow.com is based in California, not New Jersey.  Their address is:  2901 W Coast Hwy., Suite 320, Newport Beach, CA 92663
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