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I got a call today form someone saying they were a courier coming to my house to drop off paperwork from a company name - i think he said Goldman something... i didnt really hear the name very well.  He had my street address and asked if i was going to be home tomorrow to receive these papers.  I am freaking out.  I checked the Orange COunty courts and i dont have any cases against me, I checked my credit report, there is nothing against me in my credit report.  Could this be legit?

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21 minutes ago, Leila said:

I got a call today form someone saying they were a courier coming to my house to drop off paperwork from a company name - i think he said Goldman something... i didnt really hear the name very well.  He had my street address and asked if i was going to be home tomorrow to receive these papers.  I am freaking out.  I checked the Orange COunty courts and i dont have any cases against me, I checked my credit report, there is nothing against me in my credit report.  Could this be legit?

Legitimate process servers do not inform defendants in advance of service.   I’ve received similar calls, and no one has ever showed up.

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4 hours ago, Leila said:

When I call back it says it’s from County Processing. 

This is a scam. They say County Processing to scare you. Process servers do not call before serving papers. They just show up.

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I am a process server and in certain cases where we have a person to be served that is a known friendly witness, an attorney or CPA that is acting as a registered agent for a corporation, or is already aware of the proceedings, we do sometimes call to request an appointment to take service. I don’t know about your circumstances or appropriate law but it is possible that the person who reached out to you is a constable or process server attempting to serve legal proceedings from another county or state and it may have nothing to do with collections at all.  I routinely serve papers from the other side of the country for people who had a death in the family and guess what they’re the heir to an estate they didn’t know about. 

In a collections lawsuit I never call someone prior to showing up to attempt service.  We are not debt collectors and we don’t care one bit about the nature of the case or the outcome.  The FDCPA has a carve out exemption for us.... we are not engaging in collection activities; we are engaged in service of process of a legal proceeding.  The lawyers/collection agencies who file the suit are the ones engaged in collection activities.  We get paid whether you get served or not.  We agree to make X number attempts for X fee and the subject gets served on the first try, great.  Otherwise we have to go back a few more times and then swear out an affidavit of diligence.  We have zero incentive to lie for or about any party in the case.  In the State of Georgia,  servers are appointed by the judges of the respective county courts and there is a registry of certified process servers who have been background checked and trained on ethics and relevant law.  

You are eventually going to get served with the documents so you may wish to speak to a lawyer.  If you’re uneasy about having a stranger come to your house to serve you then setting up an appointment to meet them at your local police station is one idea.

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1 hour ago, Process server said:

I am a process server and in certain cases where we have a person to be served that is a known friendly witness, an attorney or CPA that is acting as a registered agent for a corporation, or is already aware of the proceedings, we do sometimes call to request an appointment to take service.

The problem is, there are too many scams out there, especially from bottom feeder debt collection companies who break the law on a daily basis. I have received too many of those calls for other persons to know that this exists. I would not set up an appointment with someone who claims to be a process server over the phone, regardless of the reason. I know here, the process servers just show up at your door, regardless of the reason you are being served. I know that because I was served with a subpoena from the DA's office as the witness to a criminal case going to trial many years ago.

I am not saying that you are a crook yourself and if you are not involved in collection activities, there should be a carve out. However, you have to understand that people are being scammed all of the time. There are articles in various Buffalo NY news media organizations of people either being arrested or convicted for claiming they are process servers to collect on debts that are not owed.

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I waited for this server all day yesterday, and guess what? He never showed up. He didn’t need an appointment with me, he had my street address. I’m guessibg it’s another scam. I’ve been getting calls for the last year from companies saying they want to serve me and asking me to call back to settle out of court????? If they want to serve me, just serve me. I am not giving out any information to anyone over the phone. I have received paperwork for my company being sued from previous employees and it always comes registered mail. Why would a company call me to let me know they are coming to serve? But... this all makes me very anxious and freaked out :( it’s very sad that people make a living out of stealing from others.

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If they call again, ask them for the name of the court, the name of the plaintiff, and a case number.  The records are public information and a phone call to the clerk of court should confirm or deny the existence of the case (assuming the court doesn’t have records available online).

i, too, hate scammers and go out of my way to waste their time when they call me by playing along with consistent but fake info. if you do get served, don’t give the server a hard time... he/she literally makes their living by telling the truth and serves everything from witness subpoenas to divorces to car accident suits and yes, even scumbag debt collection agency suits.

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