What is Notario Fraud?
“Notario” is a term used to identify individuals who practice immigration law without a license, distinguishing them from attorneys and representatives accredited by the Justice Department to practice immigration law. In many part of Latin America, a “notario” is an attorney and can practice law. However, in the United States, a “notary public” is not an attorney and is only authorized to corroborate an individual’s identity on legal documents.
Fraudsters often advertise to the immigrant community as “notarios” – using their license as a notary public to trick Spanish-speakers into thinking they have a license to practice law. The word “notario” is generally used to indicate someone who is engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.
A “notario” is not an attorney and does not have the legal knowledge or license to represent someone in their immigration case. A notario may charge significant amounts of money even though they do not know immigration law and may cause harm to an immigrant’s case.