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Randlyman

California
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Posted - 03/03/2018 :  11:30:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just got another email from this character. Spelling, grammar & punctuation errors are clear indications of a phishing scam. Interesting approach to go through a notary forum website though!
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meyecl1

Washington
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Posted - 02/07/2018 :  08:25:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I also received an email from mattlevy90@gmail.com. My concern (personally knowing other notaries that have received the same email) is that we deal with sensitive information and someone could access it. No matter how secure we try and make our systems phishers/hackers are probably better at penetrating them. I tried to alert the NNA about this and I got a ho-hum response from the person on the other end of the line. I was hoping they would post an article on their newsletter warning notaries.
My question is how did someone access Notaries emails and names? It seems they have access to a list. How did they obtain the list? I donít see a hacker going onto a notary listing site and pulling info off one notary at a time.

meyecl1
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KHSTjudi

Washington
34 Posts

Posted - 01/29/2018 :  07:58:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Quite a few versions of this email going around, posted on the other forums as well. I have received two. Reported them as phishing scams to Google, deleted them without opening, noted them on a forum, moved on to other business.

It's a shame when we can't respond to emails requesting our services. Still, how many do we receive? Most of my requests for GNW come via phone or text. Signing agent requests come from a title/escrow firm or signing agency.

Sure wish there was a way to attach a virus to a response - give these disgusting hack-thiefs a taste of their own poison.


Judi Kidd
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LindaH

Florida
1740 Posts

Posted - 01/29/2018 :  05:46:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lee-AR

No notarizations ever required to make an Offer to Purchase on a home.
No R.E. Agent would suggest this as it's not needed either in person or via mail/fax/e-mail....says the ol' r.e. broker.
If it were to turn into a remote Closing (Buyer 1 location/Seller in another) a TC/SS would be contacting you.

But, yeah, I can see where we helpful notaries would be likely to fall for it.

If you don't value your time and experience, nobody else will.




My getting an email request for GNW is not unusual. Most come through phone calls but many do come via email so getting this, at first blush, did not consider it odd. When I asked questions and she sent me the document to review - even then, no alarms. That Google Security alert 2 days later tipped me off that something had gone horribly wrong.

Thankfully I don't think any damage was done.

One thing to note though - I see EVERYONE that got the email cited its contents as stated they found us here..

??




Linda
http://www.columbiacountynotary.webs.com
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Lee-AR

Arkansas
581 Posts

Posted - 01/29/2018 :  04:19:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No notarizations ever required to make an Offer to Purchase on a home.
No R.E. Agent would suggest this as it's not needed either in person or via mail/fax/e-mail....says the ol' r.e. broker.
If it were to turn into a remote Closing (Buyer 1 location/Seller in another) a TC/SS would be contacting you.

But, yeah, I can see where we helpful notaries would be likely to fall for it.

If you don't value your time and experience, nobody else will.
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LindaH

Florida
1740 Posts

Posted - 01/29/2018 :  03:31:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I received the same thing, from a different person - which eventually contained a link to a document in OneDrive. Two days after this I got a Google Security Alert that someone attempted to access my email account.



Linda
http://www.columbiacountynotary.webs.com
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ohionotarial

Ohio
36 Posts

Posted - 01/29/2018 :  02:53:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit ohionotarial's Homepage  Reply with Quote
This is the second time in two months that I received this email:


On Jan 27, 2018, at 4:31 PM, Matthew Levy <mattlevy90@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello,
i was actually searching for a notary on 123notary.com and i came across your profile as one of their agent, my wife and i are currently planning to buy our first house and we are in need of a reliable notary to help us handle the document part, as our agent said one will be needed.can you help with this? kindly get back to me if you're interested so i can have some documents send to via secure mail.

Kind Regards.

Firstly: The spelling and punctuation raise some suspicion, as it just doesn't seem to fit the profile picture.

Secondly: Upon trying to view these docs it wants to login via my Microsoft or Gmail account. Before I knew it, I fell for this. This Matthew Levy has yet to call me. I would not fall for this one (although I did, while trying to be helpful). If you have too, you may want to change your password immediately.

Jay Schankman
www.ohionotarial.com
740 804 1643
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