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7 Signs of a Fake Process Server

Navigating the legal landscape can be challenging, but a reputable process server can make it a bit easier. Process servers are essential in the legal process, ensuring that legal documents are delivered efficiently and correctly. However, the rising prevalence of fake process servers has become a concern for many individuals and businesses here in Florida. At Accurate Serve of Jacksonville, Orange Park, and St. Augustine, we are committed to providing authentic and reliable process serving services. To help you steer clear of fraudulent activities, we’ve compiled seven key signs that can help you identify a fake process server and protect yourself from scams:

Lack of Proper Identification

Proper identification is a no brainer of legitimate process serving. At Accurate Serve, all our process servers are equipped with not only state-issued, valid IDs, but also carry appropriate documentation verifying their approval to work in the area. This ensures that our clients can easily verify their authenticity. If an individual claiming to be a process server is unable to produce appropriate identification or official approval documentation from the court or Sheriff’s office, this should immediately raise a red flag. Authentic process servers will always be able to provide proof of their identity and their authority to serve legal documents.

Requesting Payment for Service

Legitimate process servers will never ask for payment in exchange for serving papers to you or to have a legal action dismissed. Process service fees are paid by the person requesting the service and process servers have no authority to have legal actions dismissed. At Accurate Serve, our process servers operate on a strict ethical code. Any individual demanding money to serve papers or offering to dismiss legal actions for a fee is operating under fraudulent pretenses and should be not only avoided but also reported to law enforcement.

Vague Knowledge of Legal Documents

Knowledge and understanding of legal documents are fundamental for any process server. This doesn’t mean the process server knows anything about a specific case, but they should demonstrate some basic knowledge about the type of document being served. At Accurate Serve, we ensure that our process servers are not only trained but also well-versed in the documents they deliver. If a server shows uncertainty or lack of knowledge about the documents they are handling, it might be a sign of a scam.

Unprofessional Behavior

Professionalism is a cornerstone of all legal matters. A process server’s conduct reflects their integrity and reliability, along with the integrity of the agency they represent. Any server who behaves unprofessionally, whether in dress, language, or demeanor, is not operating within industry standards or expectations. At Accurate Serve, we emphasize the importance of professionalism to maintain the respect and trust that is expected in legal proceedings.

Inconsistent Storytelling

A legitimate process server will always deliver clear, consistent information about the purpose of their visit. If you encounter a server whose story seems shaky or suspicious, it is a cause for concern. Legitimate process servers will have no problem explaining to you exactly why they are there, who sent them, and what needs to happen next.

Pressure Tactics

At Accurate Serve, our process servers never resort to intimidation or pressure tactics, as we are there to inform, not coerce. If you feel intimidated or harassed by a process server, report it to the police immediately. Such behavior is not permitted for Florida process servers and needs to be addressed with haste.

Lack of Transparency in Pricing

Transparency in pricing is crucial in building trust with clients. At Accurate Serve, our pricing is fair and consistent with industry standards. We can give you an accurate, complete quote for the service you are requesting after either receiving your online work request or speaking to you via phone. Clients should be cautious of process servers who offer services at overly high or suspiciously low prices. Such pricing may seem appealing, but can be indicative of fraudulent services.

No Scammers Allowed Here at Accurate Serve

At Accurate Serve, we take pride in ensuring that all our process servers are fully trained, approved, and uphold our high standards. We believe in going above and beyond federal and state requirements to provide our clients with the best experience possible. We vet the servers on our team extensively, weeding out any potential bad apples before they get a chance to spoil the bunch.

Get Started With JAX’s Premier Process Servers Today

Do you need prompt and professional process service anywhere in Duval County? Then don’t hesitate to contact Accurate Serve! With offices in Jacksonville, Orange Park, or St. Augustine, our team is dedicated to assisting you in your legal needs with the utmost professionalism and efficiency. Just send us a work request online or call us at:

Jacksonville – (904) 735-7810

Orange Park – (904) 579-2232

St. Augustine – (904) 671-8482

We look forward to providing you with the highest quality legal support services in Duval and surrounding counties, including process service, document retrieval, skip tracing, and diligent search services. Contact us to find out why so many individuals, businesses, and legal professionals trust Accurate Serve to handle these crucial tasks, leading them one step closer to success in their legal case.