Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New Notary CE Workshop in Anderson, IN on 7/20/2017

There will be a special Notary CE Workshop happening on Thursday, July 20, 2017 in

Anderson IN

Workshop will be starting at 9:45am.  If you are in need of CE hours to renew your Title Producers License by the end of July this would be the workshop to attend.  Location of the Approved CE workshop will be sent to attendees once registered.





There are a limited number of seats for this workshop.  

This is a LIVE workshop is Approved by the Indiana Department of Insurance.

Seating is limited and registration is required.

Workshop cost is Just $149.00.  To register click here.



Daniel C.  Lewis is the current President of the Indiana Notary Association.  He was named by the National Notary Association as the 2010 National Notary of the Year and also named an Honorary Secretary of State by the Indiana Secretary of State in Indiana that same year.  He is the Managing Partner of Lewis Notary & Lewis Training Services Inc. as well as an Independent Associate with LegalShield.  For more information about LegalShield click here

Monday, July 17, 2017

My Conversation with Jeremy Belmont

FOR INDIANA NOTARIES ONLY

As the current President of the Indiana Notary Association I receive many interesting comments about the notary world.  These comments, as well as criticisms, are often about the state of the notary industry and consist of items like remote notarization, being paid in a timely fashion, etc.  Recently, I have received several of these comments/criticisms about a particular gentlemen who is known in the notary world as very flamboyant and kind of eccentric person. This gentlemen's name is Jeremy Belmont and he is the owner of 123notary.com.



The website 123notary.com has been around for quite sometime.  It is a website designed to promote individual notary signing agents by allowing them to place a profile on the 123notary site about their services.  The site offers free & paid listings, top place listings, blog posts, e-courses, and much more.



The comments/criticism stated earlier have very little to do with the website at all.  It has to do with the site owner, Jeremy Belmont.  Over the years, many of our members have complained that Jeremy has made phone calls to them at unusual hours and tries to administer an oral notary quiz  over the phone.  Other complaints stem from Jeremy's reactions to his questions.  If, for instance, the notary doesn't answer Jeremy questions in a timely manner, he goes into a profane rant for several minutes.  Imagine my intrigue when Jeremy called me this past Sunday, July 16, 2017 at around 8 pm to give me an oral notary test.  I took notes during that phone call and wanted to give Indiana notaries the latest on what's new with Jeremy and 123notary.com.

During our conversation, I discovered that Jeremy will be giving notaries across the country oral notary tests by phone.  He stated that he will be giving this test himself.  Jeremy also said that the test will be about 2 minutes long with questions about oaths/affirmations, Acknowledgements/Jurats, identifying the borrower, etc.  He also stated that he is attempting to increase the quality standards of the notaries on his site.



  • Jeremy was not asked by any title/signing company to do these types of quality checks on his site.  
  • Jeremy is not a notary himself and admits that he is not familiar with Indiana Notary laws.
  • Jeremy says that he has the right to call any notary that advertises on his site anytime day or night.  Notaries have complained that he has even called them at 2:00-3:00 am to give them the quiz. 
  • Jeremy gets very upset if the notary does not answer his question and will let the profanity fly.  During my call, for example, Jeremy did not hesitate to tell me how the (insert profanity) notaries don't know anything, are lazy, and would cheat on a written test.

Jeremy called me from phone number (213) 705-3318.  He stated that he makes these types of calls from that number.  Jeremy advises that if you choose not to participate in his quiz then you should not answer a call from this number.  I wanted to be sure the Indiana notaries that advertise on his site have this number so that you can make a more informed decision.

If you received a call from this number and you were on a notary assignment, at church, at dinner with your family, or sleeping in the middle of the night, (thinking you were getting a call from a family member in an emergency), please take the time to realize who is calling so you can make an informed decision.  

Anxiety is caused by a lack of control, organization, preparation and action.
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Daniel C.  Lewis is the current President of the Indiana Notary Association.  He was named by the National Notary Association as the 2010 National Notary of the Year and also named an Honorary Secretary of State by the Indiana Secretary of State in Indiana that same year.  He is the Managing Partner of Lewis Notary & Lewis Training Services Inc. as well as an Independent Associate with LegalShield.  For more information about LegalShield click here

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Great Opportunity For You

Lewis Notary Services Inc. is currently seeking individuals who are comfortable speaking in front of groups of people in order to educate them on the difference types of identity theft and how to properly protect themselves as well as their families.  Having a strong desire to make a six figure income is a plus for this position.

All Applicants should have the following traits:

  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Strong Organization Skills
  • First Class Self Management Skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as able to collaborate with a group 


Working in this position will allow the applicant to

  • Work from Home
  • Gain Excellent Commission
  • Have Unlimited Earning Potential
  • Earn Residual Income. 
  • Have a Flexible Schedule
  • Get a Car Allowance
  • Take Advantage of an incredible training program


We are dedicated to fighting the fastest growing crime in America - Identity Theft.  We also have products that give the general public easier access to law firms for their legal needs.  Having a legal background is a plus but not required.

If you are interested please click here


Thursday, May 12, 2016

ReBoot by the IDOI for RREAL System



The RREAL IN database was taken down overnight to implement new Security Protocols by the Indiana Department of Insurance(IDOI). 

 As a result of the new protocols, all users will be required to reset their password upon login.  However, your usernames will remain as previously issued. Please call or email the IDOI
if you need assistance resetting your password.



In addition, Bulk Upload functionality has been added to the system.  Users will have a choice to continue entering transactions manually or use the Bulk Upload functionality that has been added. If you chose to enter manually chose “One at a time” as your filing option.
Please note, using the Bulk Upload feature will require formatting of transaction data into an excel spreadsheet, specific to the type of transaction, prior to upload.  As there are many steps involved in this process, the IDOI will be working to improve on the flow and efficiency.

A training slide deck will be distributed via this the IDOI distribution list and posted to the Related Statutes and FAQs tab on the RREAL IN home page, by end of day of Friday 5/13/2016.

If you have challenges resetting your password please let the IDOI know.  The IDOI apologizes for the untimely notice and any inconvenience due to these changes.




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Daniel C. Lewis is known across the country as an Identity Theft expert. He was named by the National Notary Association as the 2010 National Notary of the Year.  He was also named that same year by the Indiana Secretary of State as an Honorary Secretary of State.  Daniel is currently serving as the of the Indiana Notary Association.  Daniel is an entrepreneur, writer, video editor, and was the Executive Director of the radio show "We Are Too Smart To Live Like This."

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

How to find a Notary Public in Indiana

No matter where you are in Indiana, knowing where to find a professional mobile Notary Public could come into quite a handy investment of knowledge.  This is especially important if you are conducting some type of business transactions with others.


An Indiana Notary Public is an public officer of Indiana, authorized by law to certify documents, take affidavits, and administer oaths.  In Indiana a Notary Public is appointed for eight years by the Indiana Secretary of State.  The jurisdiction of an Indiana Notary Public is statewide but no Notary can be compelled to notarizes documents outside of their home county.




All Indiana notaries will have a $5,000 Bond to protect the public.   All professional mobile notaries carry Errors & Omission Insurance and participates in some form of continuing education program each year.

There are several reasons why using a notary in your transactions makes sense.  One of the most important reasons is that under the Federal Rules of Evidence, a notarized document is considered "self authenticating".  This same rule is true in most states "rules of evidence".  When a document is self authenticating, the signers of the transaction do not need to testify in court to verify the authenticity of their signatures.  According to the experts, having a document notarized is a huge strategic advantage in litigation.



Public notaries duties might be simple to execute, however, they are extremely important.  Notaries have two primary functions.  First to ensure the signing parties are who they say they are.  This is done in most cases by requiring the signers to present proper identification.  Second, to ensure the person signing is doing so voluntarily.  This is especially crucial when a senior citizen or someone with limited English skills is signing a document.  Having a notary as part of a transaction can lowers risk of future issues.


 

There are several ways to find a professional notary in your area.  One of the best is to use a notary locating service like Lewis Notary Services Inc.  They can be found at www.lewisnotary.com online.  You can also call or text at 317 403 1282.  They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.  Using a service like this allows someone in the general public to get access to many options to make their next business transaction a success.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Keeping Notaries Information Secure

I was recently attending a local notary event and started a conversation with an owner of a signing company.  As we were talking I discovered that this person no longer had their signing business because of a personal issue.  This issue had caused them to be locked out of their office.  Ordinarily this wouldn't be a huge deal, however, the notaries in their network's personal information was all left in the office.  This information included physical addresses, social security numbers, dates of birth, etc.  It also had copies of the notaries' commissions.  Yes, this would be all the information a person would need to steal each notary information and become an Identity Thief. The person would even be able to order a notary stamp to verify the false documents they create.

Unfortunately, many home based signing companies operate in this manner.  They keep your notary information in an unsecured fashion (either on flash drives, laptops/desktops, or unlocked filing cabinets).  This seriously exposes the professional notary with the risk of being victimized from what is known as "crimes of opportunity".

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Our company, along with others in this area, have decided to raise the standards for our businesses. We are committed to providing the highest quality of service to the notaries in our network.  

Our organization highly encourages you and your notaries to protect yourselves and businesses by:

1.  Being selective about who you do business with.  Check blogs, other notaries in the area, and attend after hours networking events for professional notaries.  If you don't have these types of events in your area, sponsor one yourself.  Remember, protecting your business starts with you and not the company seeking your services.  

2.  Keeping yourself up-to-date on how to protect yourself and your business from becoming victims of identity theft.  There are several companies offering various protection plans that would protect you and your company from identity theft.  We recommend to all the notaries in our network, IDShield.  It is less than $10 per month and gives one of the most comprehensive protection plans out there. 

Professional notaries are small business owners.  According to the 2011 Small Business Owners Identity Fraud Report by Javelin Strategy & Research, small business owners are victims of fraud at a rate of 15% more often than the general population.  Most, if not all professional notaries, operate their businesses on very thin margins, and would more than likely not be able to survive as a victim of identity theft.  Protecting yourself and your business makes good common sense.


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Daniel C. Lewis is known across the country as an Identity Theft expert. He was named by the National Notary Association as the 2010 National Notary of the Year.  He was also named that same year by the Indiana Secretary of State as an Honorary Secretary of State.  Daniel is currently serving as the of the Indiana Notary Association.  Daniel is an entrepreneur, writer, video editor, and was the Executive Director of the radio show "We Are Too Smart To Live Like This."


Thursday, September 11, 2014

What is Internet Catfishing?

When I mention the term "Catfishing" many people think that I'm talking about going fishing for a certain type of fish.  What I'm actually referring to is a relatively new scam.

"Catfishing" is actually an internet scam or hoax in which someone pretends to be someone else online and deceives an unsuspecting victim.

People become "Catfishers" for a variety of reasons.  Some to deal with unresolved issues with their targets or victims while others are trying to lure, harm, intimidate, threaten or just defraud their victims.  These victims are at times children.

Recently a California high school teacher was arrested for a catfishing scam.  He allegedly posed as a woman on Facebook to get his male students to send him sexually explicit pictures.  A lot of times these crimes go unreported.  Sometimes victims are not even aware that they are being scam.



Unfortunately people become familiar with "Catfishing" after they are victims.  Even worse, "Catfishing" isn't illegal in all states.  Online impersonation is not being taken serious by our lawmakers.

Our company is focused on educating the general public about the scams, how they work and what people can do to not become a victim.  We are currently developing a small studio and project to make several short entertaining helpful videosr the public to spread the word about "Catfishing".  We want to launch a nationwide campaign to strengthen both local and federal laws and educate everyone as to the potential dangers this can cause.

Join us in the fight to end Identity Theft and Catfishing.
Click here to join the fight.