I wanted to jump in and add some context to your post. We here at Notary Cafe do not have a system in place to "notify you of a a message waiting for you in your profile." Your profile page has a contact form where vierwers can email or text you directly, but they are not kept attached to your profile - they are sent directly to you.
You were right to be cautious of this and any email that raises the hair on the back of your neck. These messages did not originate from Notary Cafe. I believe it is always safer to navigate to a website yourself and log in just as you did, rather than use a "login link" contained in an email - those links can lead to anywhere.
If you receive emails claiming to be from Notary Cafe but are uncertain of the authenticity, please do not hesitate to contact us at support@notary dot com and we will be happy verify it. Feel free to forward any suspicious messages to us as well, and we will try and determine their origins.
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