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 What do you do if asked to backdate?
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jbelmont

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Posted - 05/18/2010 :  02:11:48 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbelmont's Homepage  Reply with Quote
What is backdating?
Backdating means putting a date previous to the date of the notarization on the notary certificate. If the signer wants to lie about when they signed a document, that is fraud on their part, but not yours.

What do you do if you are at a notary assignment and the lender asks you to backdate? They might threaten not to pay you if you don't backdate (gulp?). I have only four pieces of advice:

(1) Just say no
(2) Just say no
(3) .... just say NO!
(4) Write the company up on notaryrotary's forum and 123notary's forum so that the other notaries will have been warned!
(5) and just say no... Ooops, thats five. Never mind!

As a notary, you have to be "spiritual" and be willing to be detached from your attachment to the idea of keeping clients - should your clients be of bad character like those who ask you to backdate. Be willing to lose a few bucks in hard times. Its better than losing your notary commission and being in trouble with the law for fraud!

What are your experiences and opinions?

Further reading:
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=398
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3920
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3155

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