SOURCE: National Notary Association

July 21, 2005 09:00 ET

New Mexico's "Proven Fraud-Fighting Force" to Receive Training Through an Important Collaboration

Secretary of State Vigil-Giron and the National Notary Association Partner to Deliver Online Training to New Mexican Notaries Public

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 21, 2005 -- The National Notary Association (NNA) today announced an important partnership with New Mexico Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron to educate the state's Notaries Public on their important responsibilities and their crucial fraud-fighting role in society. New Mexico Notaries will now have the opportunity to take a state-specific training course through the nationally recognized NNA Online Education Program.

"Document fraud and identity theft crimes have skyrocketed nationwide over the past several years, sparking resurgence in the duties of a Notary Public," Vigil-Giron wrote in a letter to all New Mexican Notaries announcing the launch of the online program. This course will help ensure that Notaries "are prepared to encounter the criminal minds intent on committing fraud and identity theft."

Vigil-Giron and the NNA most recently partnered for the NNA's 27th Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Vigil-Giron delivered the Keynote Address at the conference's Kick-Off Breakfast and took that opportunity to emphasize the crucial responsibilities of the nation's 4.6 million Notaries. "Notaries are a proven fraud-fighting force and are recognized as an important element of our country's comprehensive identity screening network called for by the 9/11 Commission," Vigil-Giron said to more than 2,100 conference attendees.

"Notaries are on the front lines of defense protecting our rights and property from document fraud," Vigil-Giron continued. "Businessmen and governments regularly rely on Notaries to determine critical facts on which transactions worth millions of dollars may depend, and on which the people's right to life and liberty under the law may hinge."

"The position held by a Notary Public will always be one that demands the highest standards of integrity and ethics. The National Notary Association is distinguished by its outstanding record over the years in providing the public with a highly trained and dedicated corps of Notaries," Vigil-Giron concluded.

"This is an exciting partnership between a state government office and a professional association," said NNA Executive Director Timothy S. Reiniger. "We commend Secretary of State Vigil-Giron on her leadership and we look forward to working with her to better educate the Notaries of New Mexico."

New Mexico Notaries who wish to register for the online training course may visit the Secretary of State's Web site www.sos.state.nm.us.

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