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Fake Process Servers Work Hard to Scare Money Out of Consumers

Previously I wrote about an outfit called County Filing Services that was calling people and making what appear to be false claims about court cases for alleged collection accounts.

See this article, County Filing Services Says They Have a Summons for Me. – Jo.

Someone just commented on that article there were other sites out there on the web that appeared similar to the County Filing Services website, and they are right.

A search found that the following companies host the same website under different names:

  • Superior Filing Service – superiorfiling.net
  • Nationwide Filing Service – nationwidefiling.net
  • Capital Filing Service – capitalfiling.net
  • Southcoast Financial Services – southcoastfinancial.biz
  • Eagle Filing Service – eaglefiling.net
  • Asset Filing Service – assetfiling.net
  • Raincross Filing Service – raincrossfiling.net
  • Westcoast Filing Service – westcoastfiling.net
  • Worldwide Filing Service – worldwidefiling.net
  • Universal Filing Service – universalfiling.net
  • County Filing Service – countyfiling.net

    So I thought that maybe the companies were branches that were located in different parts of the country. I took a look at the addresses they listed on their sites.

    • Superior Filing Service
      866-731-7040
      1240 E. Ontario Ave
      Suite 102-128
      Corona, CA 92881

    • Nationwide Filing Service
      877-279-4803
      1240 E. Ontario Ave
      Suite 102-190
      Corona, CA 92881

    • Capital Filing Service
      888-430-1651
      1240 E. Ontario Ave
      Suite 102-266
      Corona, CA 92881

    • Southcoast Financial Services
      877-301-4517
      1240 E. Ontario Ave
      Suite 102-208
      Corona, CA 92881

    • Eagle Filing Service
      877-826-1427
      1240 E. Ontario Ave
      Suite 102-164
      Corona, CA 92881

    • Asset Filing Service
      877-329-3448
      1240 E. Ontario Ave
      Suite 102-267
      Corona, CA 92881

    • Raincross Filing Service
      877-287-4435
      1240 E. Ontario Ave
      Suite 102-198
      Corona, CA 92881

    • Westcoast Filing Service
      866-727-3113
      1240 E. Ontario Ave
      Suite 102-109
      Corona, CA 92881

    • Worldwide Filing Service
      877-279-4792
      1240 E. Ontario Ave
      Suite 102-175
      Corona, CA 92881

    • Universal Filing Service
      877-320-6375
      1240 E. Ontario Ave
      Suite 102-210
      Corona, CA 92881

    • County Filing Service
      888-416-8110
      1240 E. Ontario Ave
      Suite 102-271
      Corona, CA 92881

    In my previous article I had already determined that the street address was for a mail drop so it appears all of these operations are using the same mail drop facility but different telephone numbers.

    I then took a look at the State of California official records to see if any of the businesses are registered to legal operate in California. Here is what I found.

    • Superior Filing Service – Not Registered to Operate
    • Nationwide Filing Service – Not Registered to Operate
    • Capital Filing Service – Not Registered to Operate
    • Southcoast Financial Services
      Incorporated: May 12, 2011
      Agent for Service: INCORPORATING SOLUTIONS GROUP, INC.
      Agent Address: 333 CITY BLVD STE 1700
      Agent City, State, Zip: ORANGE CA 92868

    • Eagle Filing Service – Not Registered to Operate
    • Asset Filing Service – Not Registered to Operate
    • Raincross Filing Service – Not Registered to Operate
    • Westcoast Filing Service – Not Registered to Operate
    • Worldwide Filing Service – Not Registered to Operate
    • Universal Filing Service – Not Registered to Operate
    • County Filing Service

      Incorporated: April 8, 2011
      Entity Address: 1325 SPRUCE ST #300
      Entity City, State, Zip: RIVERSIDE CA 92507

      Agent for Service of Process: SAMUEL G LOCKHART
      Agent Address: 1325 SPRUCE ST STE 300
      Agent City, State, Zip: RIVERSIDE CA 92507

    Steve’s Warning

    At this point this appears to be anything but a legitimate operation. The need for multiple mail drops, deceptive similar websites, and the fact that a number of these entities are not registered to do business in California raises a number of red flags for me.

    If you receive a call from any of these entities, don’t feel pressured to make a payment or give them any of your personal information. Instead I would suggest you do the following:

    1. Contact a local attorney for help to understand the accusations these companies appear to make that court cases have been filed.
    2. Contact your local county court clerks office to see if any such case has been filed.
    3. File complaints. Type up the complaint in a text file so you can copy and paste it to all the sites below. This will save you from typing it over and over.
      • File a BBB report against the company making false claims. You can file a BBB complaint here.
      • File a complaint with the California Attorney General’s office. You can file a California complaint here.
      • File a complaint with the Attorney General office located in your state.
      • Post a comment below to detail your experience with any of the companies listed above.
      • Complete a scam report.

    Update August 12, 2011

    Last night a commenter made a number of statements about this article that I’d like to address.

    They said I missed the corporate registrations of some of the companies because I searched for the wrong names and did not put an S on the end of the name which is the official name. Well that is true. But for the record I got the name of the companies off their own websites, where they appear to get it wrong themselves.

    As you can see on each site they used their own name incorrectly three out of four times. I used the most commonly used name to search for. The one site that used the correct name, I did discover in my original article and did report it was listed with the State of California.

    Here are the results again with the S added:

    • Superior Filing Services
      Date Filed: 05/12/2011
      Status: ACTIVE
      Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
      Entity Address: 1240 E. ONTARIO AVE STE 102-164
      Entity City, State, Zip: CORONA CA 92881
      Agent for Service of Process: INCORPORATING SOLUTIONS GROUP, INC. A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION
      Agent Address: 333 CITY BLVD STE 1700
      Agent City, State, Zip: ORANGE CA 92868

    • Nationwide Filing Services
      Date Filed: 05/12/2011
      Status: ACTIVE
      Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
      Entity Address: 1240 E. ONTARIO AVE STE 102-190
      Entity City, State, Zip: CORONA CA 92881
      Agent for Service of Process: INCORPORATING SOLUTIONS GROUP, INC. A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION
      Agent Address: 333 CITY BLVD STE 1700
      Agent City, State, Zip: ORANGE CA 92868

    • Capital Filing Services
      Date Filed: 04/08/2011
      Status: ACTIVE
      Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
      Entity Address: 1325 SPRUCE ST #300\r\nEntity City, State, Zip: RIVERSIDE CA 92507
      Agent for Service of Process: SAMUEL G LOCKHART\r\nAgent Address: 1325 SPRUCE ST STE 300
      Agent City, State, Zip: RIVERSIDE CA 92507

    • Southcoast Financial Services
      Date Filed: 05/12/2011
      Status: ACTIVE
      Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
      Entity Address: 1240 E. ONTARIO AVE STE 102-208
      Entity City, State, Zip: CORONA CA 92881
      Agent for Service of Process: INCORPORATING SOLUTIONS GROUP, INC. A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION
      Agent Address: 333 CITY BLVD STE 1700
      Agent City, State, Zip: ORANGE CA 92868

    • Eagle Filing Services
      Date Filed: 05/12/2011
      Status: ACTIVE
      Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
      Entity Address: 1240 E. ONTARIO AVE STE 102-164
      Entity City, State, Zip: CORONA CA 92881
      Agent for Service of Process: INCORPORATING SOLUTIONS GROUP, INC. A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION
      Agent Address: 333 CITY BLVD STE 1700
      Agent City, State, Zip: ORANGE CA 92868

    • Asset Filing Services
      Date Filed: 04/08/2011
      Status: ACTIVE
      Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
      Entity Address: 1325 SPRUCE ST #300
      Entity City, State, Zip: RIVERSIDE CA 92507
      Agent for Service of Process: SAMUEL G LOCKHART
      Agent Address: 1325 SPRUCE ST STE 300
      Agent City, State, Zip: RIVERSIDE CA 92507

    • Raincross Filing Services
      Date Filed: 05/12/2011
      Status: ACTIVE
      Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
      Entity Address: 1240 E. ONTARIO AVE STE 102-198
      Entity City, State, Zip: CORONA CA 92881
      Agent for Service of Process: INCORPORATING SOLUTIONS GROUP, INC. A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION
      Agent Address: 333 CITY BLVD STE 1700
      Agent City, State, Zip: ORANGE CA 92868

    • Westcoast Filing Services – Not Registered to Operate
    • Worldwide Filing Services\r\nDate Filed: 05/12/2011
      Status: ACTIVE
      Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
      Entity Address: 1240 E. ONTARIO AVE STE 102-175
      Entity City, State, Zip: CORONA CA 92881
      Agent for Service of Process: INCORPORATING SOLUTIONS GROUP, INC. A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION
      Agent Address: 333 CITY BLVD STE 1700
      Agent City, State, Zip: ORANGE CA 92868

    • Universal Filing Services
      Date Filed: 04/08/2011
      Status: ACTIVE
      Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
      Entity Address: 1325 SPRUCE ST #300
      Entity City, State, Zip: RIVERSIDE CA 92507
      Agent for Service of Process: SAMUEL G LOCKHART
      Agent Address: 1325 SPRUCE ST STE 300
      Agent City, State, Zip: RIVERSIDE CA 92507

    • County Filing Services
      Date Filed: 04/08/2011
      Status: ACTIVE
      Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
      Entity Address: 1325 SPRUCE ST #300
      Entity City, State, Zip: RIVERSIDE CA 92507
      Agent for Service of Process: SAMUEL G LOCKHART
      Agent Address: 1325 SPRUCE ST STE 300
      Agent City, State, Zip: RIVERSIDE CA 92507

    So there you have it. Once clued in that the name they use on their own website is not their correct name I was able to locate all of the filings, except for one.

    I stand by my warning that something doesn’t smell right here. I’ve read a number of similar complaints against some of the entities above and they all have the same thread, they were called and heard claims about court cases that did not exist.

    I’ve yet to run into one consumer that received a call from one of these companies that was able to verify that a case had been filled against them that would have generated a summons. If these companies are process servers, then there should be some record of a case being filed for them to then generate a summons to serve.

    Maybe the companies are using the threat of filing cases as a collection tactic? I don’t know.

    In reading my original warning again the only bit I would change is the statement that “a number of these entities are not registered to do business in California.” Using the modified name I was able to locate most of them.

    But I stand by the rest of my original warning.

    It still does not add up and my radar is up.

    Update August 12, 2011 PM – Worldwide Filing Services

    A kind reader has just forwarded me a letter they received from one of these “Filing Services.”

    I think this makes it very clear the company is a debt collector.

    In fact the correspondence below shows the “Filing Service” sent an attempt to collect a debt and made a settlement offer. This is not what process servers do.

    Pay close attention to the message at the bottom of this letter that says, “Federal law requires we notify you that this communication is from a debt collector in an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.”

    I smell a rat.

    Update August 31, 2011 – Eagle Filing Services

    A reader just sent me another letter they received from these outfits. This one comes from Eagle Filing Services.

    Update September 4, 2011 – Savannah Processing Service

    I received a tip via @Peachy92 that there is a new name operating. It is reported that Savannah Processing Service or Savannah Processing Services is operating using the same telephone number as Raincross Filing Services.

    Update September 7, 2011 – Site in the News

    A reader just alerted me that this site was shown in news report on Westcoast Filing Services.

    Update September 16, 2011 – Westcoast Filing Services

    a reader sent me in a copy of a notice they received from Westcoast Filing Services. It is clearly a collection notice and an offer for settlement.

    Anyone receiving such a notice needs to be aware of two important issues.

    1. While they say the account will be reported as paid in full on the credit report, that does not mean that the negative history on the account will be changed or removed. It won’t.
    2. In addition, what the offer does not tell the consumer is that forgiven debt of more than $600 must be reported to the IRS on a 1099-C and the consumer may have to pay tax on the forgiven debt if they are solvent after the settlement.

    The other thing this letter does is further solidify the creditor they are acting for is Portfolio Investment Financial. And the letter is a bit ambiguous of who is actually authorized to make the offer. The offer appears to come from the fake process server office of Westcoast Filing Services but they are the collector and not the debt owner. They say they will accept partial payment but will Portfolio Investment Financial? At least one previous example shown above used the language “our client is willing to settle…” and this one does not. So is that an indication the owner is not willing to now settle and this is just a collection trick to get a consumer to pay a partial balance? I’ve seen it happen before.


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