It is a civil case on debt I owe.
Legally, no. But if the creditor filed an affidavit of service that you or a person of suitable age at the address was served, then you risk a default judgment. The case is not going away, so you need to answer the complaint and defend it. You could file a motion to challenge service, but that won’t get rid of the case, and they’ll just reissue summon and serve you anyway. If default judgment has already been entered, you need to act “diligently” (quickly) to file a motion to vacate the default judgment and file an answer to the complaint.
Since you got the Summons, you need to appear. If you do not, there could be judgment entered against you. If you then plead that you were never served, either you will be , because you will have to revel your new address, or the judge just will not buy your story.
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