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  1. I am new to this forum and I hope you all can help me. A debt collector called my home this morning. I must say that it MIGHT be a valid debt as I am out of work and owed a small amount that I can't pay but it hasn't been very long so I'm not positive this is the debt called about. The debt collector got my phone number but I was NOT the person who answered the phone. My sister, who lives with me, answered. She told me they asked for me but I was asleep and she asked to take a message. The lady on the phone told her she was with "{name} Collection Agency" and she was attempting to collect a debt from and needed to speak with me. At that point, my sister restated that I wasn't available and said she would give me that message. The person then hung up. My question is: Is this legal for the person to tell my sister that it's about a debt? I know they can tell a spouse and I know they can't, for example, call my Dad who doesn't live with me and talk to him about a debt. But my sister and I share the same phone number so is that like a spouse or should they have not told her anything? I don't like the idea that they will talk to her and they haven't even reached me to talk. My sister DID state she was my sister and NOT ME. I don't like them telling her my business and I am not positive, since I didn't get to speak with them myself that they are in fact called about this small debt. What recourse might I have to ensure they don't speak to her again? We keep our finances and bank accounts, etc. separate and do not mingle our money. We just live under the same roof and share a landline phone and other basic bills. She has no say in my personal funds and I am upset that they disclosed I had a debt to her. Especially since they HAD NOT SPOKEN TO ME YET! Thanks for any help!
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