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Beware Debt Collectors – on Facebook!

Over 250 million people are on Facebook.

My own use of Facebook has changed.

I used to check my friends every day, update my status at least that often.

I changed my birthday after my brother told me he used the wrong one to thwart identity thieves.

Everyone should all be careful about what information you disclose, just assume anyone can see it, including criminals who are looking for empty homes, as you report daily on your two week out of town trip.

And, collection agencies.

Oh, yeah, impostor debt collectors to gain access.

Just say No! to that Facebook friend request from the nice looking gal whose picture you see.

That is, unless you want your friends and relatives contacted by a collection agency.

When you think about it, it makes sense for them to do this, they are trying to get personal information about you.

Once you let the collection agency in, they can now see the tens, scores, hundreds, of friends you have.

Even find out  your assets.

Do you really want your Mom or mother-in-law to get a message that you need to call 888-DEDBEAT?

Don’t be deceived by the number of friends that nice looking girl has.

The impostor debt collector in the Consumerist article linked to above had 658 friends.

That means, 658 people fell for her ploy.

Well, maybe some were shills.

Is this illegal?

No laws yet that I know of about having to reveal you are a debt collector for a collection agency when you try to befriend someone on Facebook.

However, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act does prohibit many of the abusive practices of debt collectors, like harassing your relatives.

So, what they do after getting your info may be illegal.

As the sergeant always said at the end of the opening scene on Hill Street Blues:  “Hey, be careful out there?”

Your Latest Facebook Friend –  A Debt Collector?

Beware Debt Collectors – on Facebook!

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