Collectors are not allowed to contact anyone other than you about your debt, unless it is to obtain contact information.

However, many times we hear from consumers that relatives, neighbors, co-workers, or friends have been contacted by debt collectors who have shared details of their debt, including payment history and amounts owed. This could be a violation to your consumer rights.  

In these situations, it is very important to have that contact documented in a Third Party Statement. The person who received the collection call should note date, time of day, name of collector and agency, caller ID, and details of the conversation or message.