One of the new trends in collection methods is the use of social media. While it can be an effective means for gathering information on a borrower, it can also be an ethical trap for debt collectors who are not careful.
When it comes to communications with debtors, the best policy is better safe than sorry. Thus, avoiding direct contact is probably the safest route. However, anything that is posted by the debtor on a public forum is fair game. Also, anything posted by friends of your debtor on a public forum is also fair game.
When social media first become popular, it was amazing what people would post about themselves. Over time, the majority of social media users have wised up about keeping private information, well, private. However, there are still a lot of people that post information that is helpful to creditors. There are also less-known websites that can be beneficial. The safest method for debt collection is to hire experienced and knowledgeable collection attorneys like Marc Windtberg and Michael Zdancewicz.
The attorneys at Windtberg & Zdancewicz, PLC, provide clients with experienced legal representation. We handle many types of business disputes on behalf of both creditors and debtors. Our attorneys handle cases from pre-litigation negotiations through litigation, obtaining and enforcing judgments to collect what our clients are owed. We are experienced in creditor’s rights including garnishments, charging orders, attachment, property execution, trustee’s sales, foreclosures, judgments, judgment collection, domestication of foreign judgments, and creditor’s issues in bankruptcy cases. If you need assistance, or are interested in learning more, please contact us at (480) 584-5660.