Notary offices in China have been phoning people in an attempt to get them to pay bills, a new report has claimed.
The report, by the Centre for Investigative Reporting, claimed the practice has been going on for years.
In an exclusive interview with The Independent, the former employee of a Chinese notary told the publication that she was not allowed to talk about the practice because it is illegal in China.
The notary also claimed that the people who call her for a payment were “very rude”.
The reporter said that notaries have also been called by people who wanted to pay for a meal, for cleaning and to get money out of a car.
The reporter told the newspaper that notary offices are also used by some banks to collect payments from customers for products that they may not have paid for themselves.
In China, notary services are considered a part of the legal profession and notaries are paid by the state.
China is home to some of the world’s most strict rules on the practice of notarial services, with no public notary in the country and notary fees are taxed as income and can’t be transferred outside the country.
Notaries have been a part and parcel of the Chinese economy since the founding of the country in 1949.
The state is responsible for the legal fees and the notaries charge for their services.
“Notaries work on the same level as the police officers they are hired to represent,” the former worker said.
“When a notary is summoned by a client, it is not always easy to convince him or her to pay.”
The notaries who work in a notarial service have been called “notaries of death” by the media.
One of the notarials told the reporter that she felt the calls were “a form of bullying”.
One of her colleagues also told the journalist that notarical calls had become “a regular occurrence”.