Ways to Spot a Fake Process Server
We know how important it is to hire a legitimate and trustworthy process server. Not doing so can completely derail your legal case, causing serious delays or even dismissal. Unfortunately, there are individuals and companies out there who falsely claim to be process servers to scam unsuspecting victims out of their cash. To help you avoid these situations, we’ve put together a list of ways to spot a fake process server.
Check Their Identification
A legitimate process server should have proper identification, including a badge and a photo ID from the company they represent. They should also be able to provide you with their contact information and the contact info of the company they work for. When you choose Accurate Serve® of Denver to handle your case’s process, our servers will always wear proper identification and have no problem providing complete information about who they are and who they represent. We believe in full transparency in the service of process industry to keep the legal system as fair as possible.
Do Your Research
If you are hiring a process server through a company, do some research on the company itself. Check out their website or the website of the company they represent. Look for reviews online or post on social media asking for opinions from others in your area. Nextdoor or Facebook groups are great places to seek out this type of information.
Check Their References
Ask them for references from previous clients. A legitimate process server should be able to provide you with references or testimonials from satisfied customers with no hesitation. Once you receive the reference contact information, be sure to actually make contact with each one to verify the server’s story. If the process server is new to the industry, ask for a reference from whoever they trained under.
Look Out for Red Flags
Be wary of process servers who have a sketchy online presence, no website, no reviews, no references, no terms or payment policies, or demand cash only. Legitimate process servers will typically have a website, offer multiple payment options, and sometimes provide invoicing options. They won’t have any issue providing examples and references from past work.
Why Can’t I Just Check for a License or Certification from Colorado?
You may be wondering why you can’t just look up a list of licensed or certified process servers in the state of Colorado. Well, Colorado is one of many states that have yet to adopt a formal process server certification or licensure program. This means that pretty much anyone over 18 years old that is not a party to the case being served is allowed to be a process server here. While advocates are lobbying to change this so that only process servers with adequate knowledge of Colorado law are allowed to serve process, it may be many years before there is any change.
Denver’s Most Professional Process Servers
By keeping these tips in mind, you can help protect yourself and your legal proceedings from the negative consequences of hiring a fake process server. At Accurate Serve® of Denver, we take pride in our professionalism and credibility, and we are always happy to provide our clients with references to verify our past work. Let us handle your case process by calling 303-501-7121, emailing [email protected], or sending us a work request online.