I don’t even know what to say about this one – a collection agency has created a “cute girl” on Facebook and she befriends people who owe money to help track down their contact information.
Check out this story on the Consumerist.
It is only a matter of time before collectors start abusing the more modern technologies like texting, social media, etc. Remember the same laws apply – collectors can’t engage in any unfair conduct to collect debts. And all communications must have the mini-miranda which is where the collector informs you that he or she is a debt collector and is attempting to collect a debt.
When the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is violated, you have the right to sue for damages and attorney fees. Please contact us if you have been abused in an old fashioned way (calling your neighbors, etc) or in a more modern way like this article in the Consumerist discusses.
Another resource for you is to join our Facebook Fan Page – Alabama Consumer Protection Attorneys where we share useful information about the same types of issues that we cover in this blog.