If you were never served and did not appear in the case, your remedy is not an appeal. Instead, you will likely need to file a motion to vacate the judgment for extrinsic fraud. I recommend that you consult with a litigation attorney as soon as possible for a full assessment and advice.
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If you were never served with the summons and complaint, you need to file a motion to set aside default and to vacate default judgment pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 473.5.
Your remedy is not an appeal, nor should you file a Claim of Exemption with the sheriff (which would not challenge the judgment itself).
Frank W. Chen has been licensed to practice law in California since 1988. The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice. This posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author. For specific advice about your particular situation, consult your own attorney.