Thursday, January 2, 2014

Notario Fraud Project

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Raya Fagg
Upper Darby Township Welcome Center
(610).734.7784 or

“The Wrong Help Can Hurt”
The Notario Fraud Project

January 2, 2014 – Upper Darby, PA. The Upper Darby Township Welcome Center has partnered with Vanessa Stine of the Notario Fraud Project to present an information session about fraud in the immigrant community.  The one hour session will be held at The Welcome Center on Monday, January 27, 2014, from 10 AM to 11 AM with time for questions. 

In many Spanish speaking countries, a notario, which is a public notary in the U.S., is a lawyer.  There is an issue with individuals advertising legal services as notarios, and thus confusing immigrants and tricking them into paying thousands for the "expertise."  On top of that, not all lawyers are good lawyers - there are some lawyers who willfully mislead clients and cheat them out of thousands by telling them they have a way to get papers when in reality there is no legal path for them.  Stand up and say enough is enough - help combat notario and immigration fraud in the Philadelphia area.  

The Notario Fraud Project was started by Vanessa Stine, a Villanova University Law Student, to raise awareness about the issue.  Stine has a mission to educate about the legal remedies available to victims of fraud.  The project has conducted research, interviews, and identified possible solutions for residents who have been deceived through illegal practices. 

The Upper Darby Township Welcome Center is dedicated to assisting residents new to the country.  The center is located at 7000 Walnut Street and open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. 
The event is free and open to all, however, space is limited. Please reserve your seat by calling Raya Fagg at 610.734.7784 or emailing   

The Upper Darby Township Welcome Center and its programs are sponsored by Upper Darby Township, Thomas N. Micozzie, Mayor