Greetings, fellow Notaries.
I'm wondering if any of you have received the following message (from different senders) that appears to be a scam aimed at notaries. I'm including the grammar mistakes:
I found your info on _______ (usually Notary Cafe or 123Notary). Are you available to handle a reverse mortgage signing for us Tuesday at 12:00 if so please let me know your fee, so I can send the doc through secure mail"
I've received this email twice in the past month. Both times, no company information was included in the email, only a sender name (likely fake) and gmail address. The first one was from "Ben Ruesch" (email@example.com) and the second from "Mary Cuevos" (firstname.lastname@example.org). The one from Mary Cuevos included phone and fax numbers, but the same exact text. I received the second email last week.
I was not available for either signing and responded appropriately and professionally. Had I been available, I would have researched the companies here at Notary Cafe and on other sites. However, my husband, who is also a notary (and a new one at that) did have some availability for this past Tuesday and I forwarded him the message. He responded with his fee, didn't hear back and forgot about it. Come this past Tuesday, both of us get an email from "Mary Cuevos" at 11:52 a.m. with a "OneDrive" document attached.
The email (again, I include the original grammar mistakes) read:
Thanks for getting back to me.i have attached a document to this email for you to review.kindly review this and get back to me if you'll be needing anything else.both my office and cell phone number is in the doc (page 3) you can give me a call at your convenient time."
This email was flagged by gmail security as being potentially dangerous. Here is the exact gmail security message:
"Be careful with this message. It contains content that is typically used to steal personal information."
Neither of us opened this document. If you've been in this business for any length of time, you have no doubt experienced some flakiness (or in some cases, downright unprofessional behavior) on the part of certain signing agencies. So, to be certain, my husband called the number Ms. Cuevos provided and received no reply.
Everything about this screams scam to me, but I haven't seen anything about it online.