I don’t know what it’s for but I do know that I have had people try to scam us before stating we had legal papers to be delivered and they were trying to extort money.
If a sheriff or private process server brings papers to your home, then I think it is generally a good idea to accept the documents. You are under no obligation to go pick up papers or to meet someone somewhere for the papers.
Legitimate court papers will clearly identify the court and county. Legitimate papers will also have a unique "case number" that will be indexed under your name at the clerk's office for that court. So if you suspect that the papers are part of a scam, you can always confirm whether or not the papers match an official case file at the court clerk's office.
There is a collection scam that uses a telephone script that says that you will be served (often they say you will be served at your place of employment) with court papers in a few days. Even if the scammers have a lot of your personal information or even know about banks or businesses that you used to have accounts with, do not send them any money. Legitimate debt collectors are required by law to give you written notice of the debt and an opportunity to demand verification of the debt. So if you are just getting calls on the telephone (especially if they say you will be served in a few days), this is probably a scam.
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