FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT
The federal law, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), protects consumers from abusive or harassing, false or misleading, and/or unfair practices of third party debt collectors or attorneys attempting to collect debts incurred for personal, family, or household purposes. Business or agricultural debts are not covered by the FDCPA.
The FDCPA does not apply to creditors when they obtained the debt before default. However, the buyers of old debt obtained the obligation after it had fallen into default; therefore, they are debt collectors covered by the FDCPA.