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How To Spot a Fake Process Server

Scammers take every possible opportunity to swindle people out of their data and money. This is even true in the world of process serving.

Make sure you can recognize the signs of a fake process server so that your private information doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. 

They Ask for Money

Process servers are paid by the people who hire them. The people who receive the papers are never responsible for payment. Any process server who attempts to ask for money, such as a processing or delivery fee, is not a legitimate process server. If this happens to you, immediately refuse the service and contact law enforcement to report the incident. 

They Are Younger Than 18 Years of Age

Most states across the country require all process servers to be at least 18 years of age. Scammers often try to use children or teens to knock on the door, since people are more likely to open the door for youngsters than unknown adults. This tactic should immediately raise a red flag and indicate the strong likelihood of a process serving scam. 

They Ask for Sensitive Information

Legitimate process servers must ask for basic identification information, such as your full name, to ensure they are serving the correct person, but they should not require additional information, such as your credit card number or Social Security number. Never provide this information, since it’s most likely that a scammer is trying to steal it. 

They Can’t Provide a Case Number or Court Information

Every real process server has case numbers and court information related to the papers they are serving. If they are unable to readily provide that information, it’s likely a process serving scam. 

Here at Accurate Serve Sarasota, our highly trained and capable process servers know every best practice to ensure a successful and reliable process of service. Call us today to learn more!