Bulletin: SA2017031

Date:
November 08, 2017
To:
All California Issuing Offices
RE:
SPECIAL ALERT - Melonee Lee Ellis (Name of Notary Public)

We have been advised that a fake notary stamp and forged signature of the following California Notary Public have appeared on fraudulent grant deeds:

Melonee Lee Ellis

If you have any pending transactions involving documents purportedly notarized by this Notary Public, or if you recently closed any transactions involving documents purportedly notarized by this Notary Public, please contact Stewart Legal Services.

As a reminder, all issuing offices must search the names of the parties to the transaction, including the seller, buyer/borrower, payoff lender and new lender, using the Special Alerts database, which may be accessed at http://specialalerts.stewart.com/  or as a link from Stewart.com and/or Virtual Underwriter.

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THIS BULLETIN IS FURNISHED TO INFORM YOU OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS. AS A REMINDER, YOU ARE CHARGED WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTENT ON VIRTUAL UNDERWRITER  AS IT EXISTS FROM TIME TO TIME AS IT APPLIES TO YOU, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER INSTRUCTIONS. OUR UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS DO NOT AUTHORIZE OUR ISSUING AGENTS TO ENGAGE IN SETTLEMENTS OR CLOSINGS ON BEHALF OF STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY. THIS BULLETIN IS NOT INTENDED TO DIRECT YOUR ESCROW OR SETTLEMENT PRACTICES OR TO CHANGE PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS. CONFIDENTIAL, PROPRIETARY, OR NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD NEVER BE SHARED OR DISSEMINATED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED BY LAW. IF APPLICABLE STATE LAW OR REGULATION IMPOSES ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS, YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH THOSE REQUIREMENTS.

References

Bulletins Replaced:
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Underwriting Manual:
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Exceptions Manual:
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