If there is a judgment, the creditor may do everything "threatened" and then some. It's certainly possible to find anyone and their SS# as well as many of their assets. If there is no judgment, then it is likely they are in fact threatening you to scare you into paying.
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Many debt collectors use fear to try and collect money. Why? Because it works--people who are scared will often pay just to get rid of the nasty person on the telephone. It looks like you may have one of these types of collectors. If a debt collector has a valid judgment against you it may legally freeze your bank account, garnish non-exempt wages and levy on your real estate. If the debt collector does not have a judgment, none of these threats can be carried out until it obtains a judgment.
How do you find out if you have a valid judgment? Go to your local court clerk's office and see if one was filed against you. If nothing comes up, also pull your credit reports (all three) at the following website:
See if your credit reports list a judgment. If nothing comes up from these sources it is likely that you do not have a judgment and this debt collector may be violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and you will want to contact an attorney experienced in handling these lawsuits.
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