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By Lisa A. Tyler
National Escrow Administrator

Shannon Havens, Escrow Officer in Whitefish, Montana, was the latest target of a fraudster behind a Business Email Compromise (BEC) scam. While wrapping up a transaction for another successful closing, the fraudster stepped in to perpetrate his crime. He was not successful because Shannon identified all the red flags and stopped the scammer right in his tracks. Read "IT could happen to you" for all the details.

Leanne Shufelt, Branch Manager, Assistant Vice President of Fidelity National Title of Florida, Inc., wrote to us saying, "You always hear about wire fraud and Susan West has been excellent in keeping us informed at the weekly conference calls our managers have with us, but you always think this will never happen to me. Well let me tell you it does." Read "LAST minute change" for all the details.

The death certificate says he died of a heart attack and other complications; he was just 64 years old. One year earlier he purchased a condo in Oxnard, California, to live out his remaining years. He obtained a new loan to purchase the condo which was insured by the Department of Veteran Affairs. He proudly served his country in the Vietnam War as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and had two sons. If only he could tell us in person what happened in the last years of his life. "MARY a. richman" reveals the story the documents tell us.

In 2011, the State of Virginia passed a change to their notary laws. The change allows Virginia notaries to notarize documents electronically. There are many states that have provisions in their statutes for electronic notarization, but this one also allows the signer to appear in front of the notary electronically. The signer can be anywhere in the world and a Virginia notary can notarize the documents by using audio–visual conference technology. Find out more about it in the story entitled "WEBCAM notarization."

Be sure to answer the monthly notary question to make certain you understand the tips shared to increase your "NOTARY know–how!"

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