This is a violation of the Federal Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, and of the Oregon Debt Collections Practices Act as well. You cannot be jailed for failure to pay a debt, and debt collectors are not legally permitted to notify your employer or other third parties about your debts. It is against the law for debt collectors to threaten to take any action that they cannot legally take. You may be entitled to statutory damages under these laws. (However, you will have to be able to prove that this happened, which can be difficult. You should also note that the FDCPA claim, even if successful, does not erase your underlying debt.) You should consult with a consumer protection attorney to determine how best to proceed.
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These are clear violations of the FDCPA.
My response is general information not intended as legal advice or to create an attorney-client relationship. Seek advice from a qualified attorney to see how the law fits your specific facts. I am licensed to practice law in Washington and Oregon.