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County Filing Services Says They Have a Summons for Me. – Jo

“Dear Steve,

Old debt with Washington Mutual (Now Chase Bank) somebody is contact some friends and relatives saying that I have a legal summons and they want me to contact them for more info. When they called my friends thay saying that are calling from my county court. False, I called the toll free number and it is not the county court, they are called County Filing Services. They are very rude when you call and make feel threaten. When I called the agent told me if I wanted to take care of the debt right that moment.. it sounded weird so I hanged up.

If I have a legal summons against me don’t I suppose to get a letter from the court?

If is a legal summons, Why did they ask me to take care of the debt when I called?

I’m clueless… who are these people? are they legit? when can I do?

Jo”

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The Answer

Dear Jo,

Thank you so much for contacting me.

I took a look into County Filing Services. says their website is countyfiling.net.

This website was registered on May 22, 2011.

The ownership of the domain name is hidden but the name server for this domain is controlled by Debttechsolutions.com.

County Filing Services
1240 E. Ontario Avenue,
Suite 102-271,
Corona, CA 92881 – Source
This address is a mail drop.
(888) 416-8110

So if that’s the same company then I’m not yet convinced about them yet.

The State of California says County Filing Services, Inc. was incorporated on April 8, 2011 and lists the business location as: 1325 SPRUCE ST #300, RIVERSIDE CA 92507 but that’s the law office of Lobb & Cliff. Registered agent is Samuel G Lockhart. – Source. Lockhart is a lawyer with Lobb & Cliff. – Source

From the reports of people receiving similar calls from (888) 416-8110 it looks like this is a relatively new operation. – Source

I called the office at (888) 416-8110 and spoke to a gentleman who identified himself as Cliff Branch. Mr. Branch says they are not a collection agency. Branch said, “We are a filing agency and probably the person that got contacted was contacted by a process server that we hire to serve them their paperwork.”

There is a big difference between a company claiming to be a filing agency and one that demands money over the phone. I asked and Mr. Branch said they were not a collection agency.

At this point I would call the county you live in and ask them to lookup if their was a lawsuit filed against you to confirm if a summons had been issued. If not, which I suspect there has not been, there is more to this story that remains to be uncovered.

Let me know what you find out by updating me in the comments section below.

Big Hug!

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  • Kate

    This company which unlawfully operates under SEVERAL names (in my experience they claimed to be County Filing Services first, then BMG) claimed to be a litigation agency and that I was being sued, there was a warrant for my arrest, and a search warrant for my home was going to be issued. 

    It is a scam, they look up your credit report and claim to be collecting a debt from anything that appears. They have been investigated by the FTC, but apparently are still at it. Their employees are very dumb and claim to be paralegals but when I asked them if they knew what the FTC was they responded “Fair Trade Commission”, also when I told them that the debt that they were claiming they were suing and arresting me for was in 8/2007 and the statute of limitations had passed they first disagreed then just said they were done with me. When they began to realize I was on to them, the “paralegal” pretended to be speaking to someone else saying,”Yeah, that’s what she wants to do. Yeah, just go ahead and continue with the lawsuit.” LOL. Is that supposed to scare me? When I told them I knew what and who they were, that they had violated several FDCPA rules, and that I was contacting the appropriate authorities, they took the phone off the hook. Now when I call ALL of their numbers I just get a busy signal. I am not letting this go. I have contacted the FTC, the California attorney general, and the FBI.

  • Kate

    This company which unlawfully operates under SEVERAL names (in my experience they claimed to be County Filing Services first, then BMG) claimed to be a litigation agency and that I was being sued, there was a warrant for my arrest, and a search warrant for my home was going to be issued. 

    It is a scam, they look up your credit report and claim to be collecting a debt from anything that appears. They have been investigated by the FTC, but apparently are still at it. Their employees are very dumb and claim to be paralegals but when I asked them if they knew what the FTC was they responded “Fair Trade Commission”, also when I told them that the debt that they were claiming they were suing and arresting me for was in 8/2007 and the statute of limitations had passed they first disagreed then just said they were done with me. When they began to realize I was on to them, the “paralegal” pretended to be speaking to someone else saying,”Yeah, that’s what she wants to do. Yeah, just go ahead and continue with the lawsuit.” LOL. Is that supposed to scare me? When I told them I knew what and who they were, that they had violated several FDCPA rules, and that I was contacting the appropriate authorities, they took the phone off the hook. Now when I call ALL of their numbers I just get a busy signal. I am not letting this go. I have contacted the FTC, the California attorney general, and the FBI.

  • Missy_face926

    Also, this morning, So check n go said they sold my debt to united debt holdings. I tried calling them, but they take 2 business days to get back to you. I called the place that said they were sueing me, and they now claim that USC doesn’t stand for anything. And they said they are directly representing Check n go. I said, well that’s funny, because Check n go said they sold my debt to United debt holdings. Then, kinda panicked, he said well yes, they are our sister company. Then I asked if there was a website I could go to, and he said, well our website is down until December 5th.

  • Missy_face926

    Hello, I’ve had a similar thing happen to me. Actually just got a call today. I was told that I am going to be summoned to court unless I can pay this company by Friday. They said their company name was USC united service credit. The phone number they called from was blocked, but they said if I need to reach them call 1 (877) 240-0526 I tried looking up the company, and the number, and no results :( I’m scared and I have no money! Are they real? Do you know anything about them?

  • Caraica

    I am reciving the same type of calls i live in Compton and they called my friend in Las vegas claim they want to serve me a summons..they went as far as call my x boyfriends wife telling her they got her name and number  becasue i had put her as a refrence. They also called me this morning at my wrok place lying that they had talked to my sister that they want to serve me(They have not spoken to my sister) the lady claimed to be an officer of the court but wouldnt tell me what court or who was tryin to sue me or serve me..She asked if she can come to my work place i said no and not to call either she was trying to give me a case # and a ph number but i hung up. She called back and spoke to my Hr manager and they told him if they can come serve me and he said no that this was my place of employment but they gave him a case # and ph # to give to me 909-212-5589. I find this whole thing to be some shady tactics and i dont think its legal. Would like your opinion..thanks Cindy

  • THE ONE WHO GOT, GOT!

    WOW, you guys are insane I can’t believe you have nothing better to do with your time. Unfortunatley I would like to thank “STEVE” after I researched and came across his bogus website I took all the advice and just let it go. Well guess who got taken to court. I did. I think Steve you should probably consume your time with something more effective like getting homeless off the street instead of giving bogus information and people believing you then ending up homeless because of this. Again, thanks alot. YOU ARE GREAT 

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Where did I ever say to “let it go” or you would not be taken to court if sued?

      I don’t mind being called out for something I did but at least be accurate.

      What part of the website are you claiming is bogus?

    • Kate

      Obviously someone from the company trying to get readers to think it’s for real.

  • Joe

    I was contacted by Nationwide recently under similar circumstances but I owe the bank money.  It is less than 1/3 of what Nationwide wants.  I know it is a scam, the bank has charged it off and it is on my credit report.  The bank told me they sold the account and cannot do anything.  How do I pay this off and get these people off my back?
     

  • hfg

    Got a couple of calls from a company claiming to be a process serving
    company several weeks ago. Lady said, she is trying to serve me summons
    for a trial. Asked her who is serving me and what where the trial is,
    she doesnt give any information. She wanted me to note down a telephone
    number to call to talk about the case. I politely asked her to serve me
    the papers an appropriate method. She started threatening that the trial
    would go on without in my absence. I laughed and asked to serve me the
    papers and cut off.

    Got a call once again recently. Asked the
    lady to identify herself, she gave me her name and her company name as
    “Process Serving Department”. I kept pressing her to give me the full
    name. She would not reveal the company name. Asked her for the address
    which should not reveal either. Asked her to give the location of the
    company and she replied “worldwide”. Finally, she revealed that she is
    calling from California. She would not reveal any information about her
    company. She wanted me to call the toll free number.  Told her not to
    call me again and communicate with me in writing. She blatently said,
    that she would be calling me.

    This tells me that these guys do
    not really have any case. The case number they are giving out is their
    internal reference number. And they are not eager to communicate in
    writing, which make me believe they do not have a strong legal case
    either. They are just talk to the people and dupe them into believing
    that they are in legal trouble to collect some money. Obviously, they
    are not going put anything writing.

    Few months ago, an old debt
    dropped off my credit report after 7 years. I guess these guys purchased
    that debt at pennies on the dollar and trying to collect the money.

    Anyone
    know what the statue of limitations for collection?  Is it legal to
    initiate a collection after the accounts gets aged out of credit
    reports?

    My suggestion is, ask these guys to
    1. Server the
    summons in a legally binding way (Court ordered summons must be served
    in person to the person being served. Mailing the documents is not
    valid. Summons must be handed in person to the person being served).
    2. Request for written communication.

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Before you jump to conclusions, we have to start with the presumption that they are attempting to collect on an old debt with tricks.

      Ask them for a case number, get the court they say it’s filed in and check. If you can’t verify the case with the court, they are just flat out lying.

      • hfg

        Ok, I will check with the local district court, but I dont think I would either find anything or it really matters absent any written notification.

        In another forum, someone claimed they had a Experian credit inquiry from Pacific Management Recovery around the same time. I checked mine. Have a credit inquiry in the very month that old account dropped off the report from:
        PMR951-824-5265
        Mailing Address:
        355 N SHERIDAN ST

        CORONA, CA 92880Business Type: Bulk Purchase FinanceI would bet, this PMR, Worldwide Filing Services and Process Serving Department are one and the same group.

        Any thoughts on the statuette of limitations for collecting old debts by the collection agencies?

      • hfg

        Correction:
        CORONA, CA 92880Business Type: Bulk Purchase FinanceI would bet, this
        PMR, Worldwide Filing Services and Process Serving Department are one
        and the same group.
        should read

        CORONA, CA 92880
        Business Type: Bulk Purchase Finance

        I would bet, this
        PMR, Worldwide Filing Services and Process Serving Department are one
        and the same group.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6HPPRY7OGEJIORG6T3TRTVXGIU Darrel Brown

    FYI _ i received a call from nationwide filing today. I did a search for lawsuits against me in my state and there were none. There would be a filing if a process server was already retained. I smell scam.

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      I’m so glad you did a search. You discover what others have, it’s simply not true.

  • Peggy

    I got a call to day from female, no name or company name,  telling me to have a friend (who once lived with me) to call this number 877-279-4792.  The person on the phone said “he is to serve with a summons to court.  .Me: I don’t know if I can find the person at this time, they have not been here for many years.  She then said then the case will be held without the person.   She then give me a case number.  She did not know what county or state the case was in.  She named a small town where my friend used to live.
    Peggy
     

    • not duped

      These guys are likely the newest incarnation of the Shekinah group. Also known as World Wide Recoveries LLC, and about 20 other illegal debt collectors.  WWR LLC started harassing me a couple of months ago about an old garbage debt they had purchased that was far past statutes. They use scare tactics and are some of the foulest nastiest people to deal with.  Yesterday I got the same call that the rest of you did.  You have a summons thats going to be filed in a couple of hours, unless you call this number and take care of this problem.  Same scare tactic garbage to try and get some quick cash.

      • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

        Thanks for the tip on Worldwide Recoveries, LLC in California.

  • Davethomaspilot

    My mother in law is getting harrassed by these same guys.  Same phone #, same website they referred me to.

    They say they want to serve her a summons to her for her son in law.  Which makes no sense.  He doesn’t live with her, never has.  How could they serve a summons to her for her son in law?

    Not sure what their angle is, but they are really upsetting my mother-in-law.  I called them tonight.  When I started asking questions, they hung up on me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002088292572 Jessie Cooney Sangervasi

    Same thing happened to me TODAY! I called my local court house and the only thing that had on me was a ticket I got for not wearing a seat belt in ’09. I also did a credit report and a company in Corona CA had recently accessed my credit report. I think they access your credit and they try to get you to pay off a debt you have when they haven’t actually aquired your debt from the company you owed..

  • SCAM I AM

    Three different company names but has the same website layout just with different company names!

    http://www.countyfiling.net/

    http://www.eaglefiling.net/

    http://www.universalfiling.net/

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Thank you for your comment. It led me to investigate the matter further and I found more similar companies. See this article.

  • Joanalop

    I Steve, it turned out to be a false claim. I checked with the court and they said that the docket number is invalid and there is nothing under my name on their records. My question now is if there is possible to get this people? how can we file a claim against them? BBB??? Thanks for your help…

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      A BBB complaint seems to be warranted.

  • Lorawilliams

    This company called my ex-husband girlfriends house and was asking for my soon to be ex husband.
    We do not know how they got my first husband phone number and they stated a complaint had been filed against him and that if he didn’t call them back within 24 hours, they he would be served at work or his home and given a summons for the docket. They left a case # which I checked with the county courts houses and they said it didn’t belong to them. Who are these people? How can they do this?They gave 1-888-416-8110 and when I called it Cliff Branch answered and said it was a County Filing Service, which we live in Oklahoma.

    • Jdz172

      Lorawilliams: Today is 8-15-2011 and I received the same call this morning with the exact same information…docket # and all. Just like yourself I checked into and saw that the our county court house has nothing to do with it or had it on filed. All lies if you ask me. Just like any other debt collector threatening everyone to get something. If they continue to call I will just change my number.

  • onlineflower

    Hey there.  I got a call from the same company.  I called a free lawyer in NYC, who looked up my ‘docket’ number.  It did not exist.  He searched for the company and no one has pressed charges yet. He believes it to be very fraudulent and illegal.  After what they just put me through I would love to.  My Cliff Branch first spoke to me, since then I have spoke to Larry Johnson, John Hill and Alexis Holt.  

    • onlineflower

      This is onlineflower posting to simply say that I am usually much more articulate than the above posting.  

  • Nbbunten

    I have recently recived a call from these people. They say they are not a legal firm or a deb t collector, they claim they only give you a summons. If I am not mistaken they would have to do theat in writeing If they told you over the phone there is no paper trail that a judge to confirm and take as a legal service. If you have ever gone through a divorce then you know what the rules are about serving someone and a phone call never works. I belive they are debt collecters that have not yet been suid for false information or misreprentation of who they are. If they are a debt collector they have to inform you that this conversation is to collect a debt and they will most likely record it and inform you of that as well. This company is a fraud from start to finish. If they call your friends and don’t qualify the person before giving information then thety can be suid for giving out your personal information “slander”. If you get a call frnm these people then call the county clerks office or the court and ask if there is any lawsuit on the books that involves you and after they qulify tyou as who you say you are then they can tell you if you have a case pending. what ever you do do not pay these people, call the creditor directly and deal with them. You will always come out better anyway. Because the person collecting the debt will always be on your credit along with the original creditor. Also the original creditor will be able to settle for less because this is there debt an thaey won’t have to get permission to lower the amount.  I hope this helps.

  • Nbbunten

    I have recently recived a call from these people. They say they are not a legal firm or a deb t collector, they claim they only give you a summons. If I am not mistaken they would have to do theat in writeing If they told you over the phone there is no paper trail that a judge to confirm and take as a legal service. If you have ever gone through a divorce then you know what the rules are about serving someone and a phone call never works. I belive they are debt collecters that have not yet been suid for false information or misreprentation of who they are. If they are a debt collector they have to inform you that this conversation is to collect a debt and they will most likely record it and inform you of that as well. This company is a fraud from start to finish. If they call your friends and don’t qualify the person before giving information then thety can be suid for giving out your personal information “slander”. If you get a call frnm these people then call the county clerks office or the court and ask if there is any lawsuit on the books that involves you and after they qulify tyou as who you say you are then they can tell you if you have a case pending. what ever you do do not pay these people, call the creditor directly and deal with them. You will always come out better anyway. Because the person collecting the debt will always be on your credit along with the original creditor. Also the original creditor will be able to settle for less because this is there debt an thaey won’t have to get permission to lower the amount.  I hope this helps.

    • Miche

      My husband’s ex-girlfriend’s mom got a call from them today, claiming that they are looking for my husband. If he didnt call in 4 days that they were going to do something to him. They also called his place of employment claiming that if he doesn’t call back that they were going to send a summons for him at work. Mind you my husband only recluctions of having a Washington Mutual account was back in 1999/2000, which is more than 7 years to collect. If we attempt to call back this company, I’m afraid that they will reopen an 11 year old account by one phone call. I looked to see if there were any Civil Suit against him in our county, I found none. How can I stopped their harrassing phone call to our friends and his employment.

      • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

        Well if there is an actual summons they it would be good for him to get it so we can know what we are dealing with. If the company is actually bluffing and just trying to collect on old debt then the statute of limitations may have already expired for them to sue. The best way to make the calls to others stop is for your husband to talk to them, find out what they are looking for and advise them his employer does not permit such calls at work.

        Let me know what he finds out when he talks to them.

        Steve

  • Steve Rhode

    Please let me know as soon as you can so we can get to the bottom of this.

  • Joanalop

    thank you for your quick response and advice.. I’ll check with the county court and let you know… thank you again for all the info- u r the best!!!

  • Joanalop

    thank you for your quick response and advice.. I’ll check with the county court and let you know… thank you again for all the info- u r the best!!!

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Please let me know as soon as you can so we can get to the bottom of this.

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