Am I obligated to give contact information to a debt collector if I am a reference for the customer from whom they are trying to collect?

A family member listed me as a reference on a credit application and does not answer the phone when the debt collector calls.

Now the debt collector is calling me to get contact information for the family member. When I refuse to give that information, they tell me I should tell the family member to call them back.

We have begun to ignore the phone calls, but the fact that they call me to begin with feels like a form of harassment. When we do actually answer, we simply do not provide the information and give them lip service that we'll ask the family member to call, when we have no intention to even bother the family member at all.

Our position is the family member is an adult and the collection agency can send a certified letter if they really want a response.

Of course, if I am compelled by a court order or a subpoena, I will provide whatever information is requested in that order to comply with law, but I will not rat out a family member.

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Sep 03, 2012
Am I obligated to give contact information to a debt collector if I am a reference for the customer from whom they are trying to collect?
by: Debtcollectionanswers.com

The federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act entitles the collection agency to call you (or other relatives, friends and neighbors of your family member) in an effort to get contact information for your relative, but you do not have to provide it. If you have not already done so, next time someone from the collection agency calls, politely tell him that you cannot help and to please stop calling you.

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