Debt Collectors Stalking Facebook
Fla. woman sues creditor who hounded her online
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2010 4:28 AM CST
Lawyers say a growing number of debt collectors are using Facebook to harass people.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick, File)

(Newser) – A Florida woman who says debt collectors used Facebook to harass her and her family over an unpaid car loan is taking the collection agency to court. She is seeking damages and an injunction preventing the agency from using social media to contact her, ABC News reports. Her attorney says that while the lawsuit appears to be the first of its kind, the practice is widespread and laws need to be updated to deal with it.

"It's an invasion of privacy on steroids," the attorney tells AP. "Normally, it takes a while for collection agencies to contact family members, or friends, or co-workers, but on Facebook you have a very powerful harassment tool at your fingertips." Other lawyers say they are receiving a growing number of similar complaints. One Chicago lawyer says his client accepted a friend request from a young woman in a bikini, only to realize it was a debt collector when the "friend" posted a message on his wall: "Pay your debts, you deadbeat!"

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Chris
Nov 21, 2010 9:05 AM CST
Look at most of you passing judgment. You should really be ashamed of yourselves. You have never had any debt right? You have never let a hospital bill go to collection? Never been a month late on the car payment? You are absolutely perfect in every way then right, OH! I have heard of that. I heard of this person who was perfect, your Jesus! Did I get it right? No of course not! Shut up and go back to your job at Arbys or Walmart and leave hard working people alone. Get a life. Things happen to people. People who have paid their bills relentlessly are finding themselves in a different situation than they ever have been. Who are you to tell someone what to do?
YogaNick
Nov 19, 2010 12:29 PM CST
You wanna know what you can do about this? You could just pay your debts. And if that doesn't work (some people have good reasons) you could always try not befriending just anyone on facebook, or make yourself unfindable. This is pretty funny though, it makes me wanna create a profile with a chich in bikini just to make fun of people on their wall.
Yourself
Nov 19, 2010 11:09 AM CST
"One Chicago lawyer says his client accepted a friend request from a young woman in a bikini, only to realize it was a debt collector when the "friend" posted a message on his wall: "Pay your debts, you deadbeat!" " Hey douchenozzle, that's what you get for "friending" someone you don't know, just because it's a picture of a girl in a bikini.. Not only would i call that person a POSSIBLE deadbeat (i'll leave the lawyer jokes to someone else) but it borders on being a perv. (or as my lawyer friend calls them, pervy-wankers) and yes, do yourself a favor, kill your facebook! (that goes for everybody, trust me, it's the best thing i did for myself in MANY MANY ways!)