Tips to Avoid Process Server Scams
Process serving is an essential function of the legal system, so it may come as a surprise to learn that there are many scams out there involving fraudulent servers. These disreputable servers advertise cut-rate service prices, then often take their victims’ money and run. If they do attempt to serve the case process, any work they do is invalid since they don’t meet the requirements to be a process server in Florida.
Protect yourself from process server scams by thoroughly vetting all servers you are planning to hire with the following three checks:
Check for Certification
All process servers in St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, or Okeechobee counties must be certified and approved by Florida’s 19th Judicial Circuit to serve process lawfully in said counties. Certification involves several steps to ensure that the server is knowledgeable of state laws and bonded in case of mistakes or accidents. You can easily check to see if the server you are speaking with is certified by checking the official list on this page.
All reputable, experienced process servers will be glad to produce references for you upon request. These references should confirm a positive, professional experience with that server. If the server you are vetting cannot produce references (without a reason) or their references do not match up with what they have said, you may be dealing with a scammer.
Check Online Reviews
Online reviews are an excellent resource for checking out a potential process server before hiring them. Google, Facebook, and other social media sites often have reviews and other interactions that can give you a good idea of what type of server you are dealing with. At a minimum, an online presence can indicate professionalism and attention to detail.
Quality Process Servers in Port St. Lucie
If you need a quality, reputable, and certified process server in the 19th judicial circuit, look no further than the experts at Accurate Serve®. Our servers know the ins and outs of our local legal system and will handle your case process quickly and professionally. Call us at (772) 236-7214 or send us service requests online to get started today!