Title 19
Financial Institutions

Chapter 14.9
Rhode Island Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

R.I. Gen. Laws § 19-14.9-6

§ 19-14.9-6. Harassment or abuse.

A debt collector may not engage in any conduct the natural consequence of which is to harass, oppress, or abuse any person in connection with the collection of a debt. Such conduct shall include, but not be limited to:

(a) Using or threatening to use violence or other criminal means to harm the physical person, reputation, or property of any person;

(b) Using obscene or profane language or language the natural consequence of which is to abuse the hearer or reader;

(c) Advertising for sale of any debt to coerce payment of the debt;

(d) Causing a telephone to ring or engaging any person in telephone conversation repeatedly or continuously with intent to annoy, abuse, or harass any person at the called number; or

(e) Except as provided in § 19-14.9-4, placing telephone calls without meaningful disclosure of the caller’s identity.

History of Section.
P.L. 2007, ch. 427, § 1.