Can I take legal actions against a company that called my neighbor asking questions about me?

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Can I take legal actions against a company that called my neighbor asking questions about me?

A caller from a leasing company called and left a voicemail on my phone trying to contact my boyfriend. Later on , the same caller called our neighbor asking questions about my boyfriend and me . The caller asked our neighbor where I worked and my occupation. My name is NOT on the leasing contract , for this is the first phone call I received. Can I take legal actions against this caller and the company that employs him?

Asked on August 17, 2010 under Bankruptcy Law, Louisiana

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), a debt collector may contact others for specific information.  That is for the purposes of obtaining location information about the consumer. They must identify themselves and state that they are confirming or correcting location information. They can NOT state that there is a debt.   They must identify their employer if asked.  Here you state that they have asked questions about you, and that you are not the consumer in the matter.  If you believe that the person gave false or misleading information regarding you, or use deceptive practices in their actions, then I would indeed report them.  They contact you in an effort to locate him (that seems ok) but contacting someone else to locate OU seems to have been overstepping their boundaries. 


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