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Debt collectors have now turned to social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Friendster, LinkedIn, and other various social media web-sites to collect information on debtors.  There have also been reports in the media of debt collectors sending messages to Debtors, as well as their friends, family, and colleagues, through these social media sites.

These debt collectors are searching these social media sites for information on debtors, such as employment information, current residence, friends and family information, aliases, and nicknames.  This information can be used to help track down Debtors for collection purposes. They are also attempting to relay messages to Debtors through friends, family, and colleagues asking the Debtors to contact to collector at a specified phone number.

One way to avoid the use of social media against you is to closely monitor and manage your privacy settings.  Make sure that the details of your profile are not viewable by search engine or on the social media site itself. Also, closely monitor and screen who is attempting to connect to your social network.  Finally, reconsider the information that your publishing on the Internet.  It is nearly impossible to control that information once you send it into the Web.