What is an original creditor and what is the difference between an original creditor and a debt collector?

Generally speaking, the original creditor is the company that gave you the loan or credit. An original creditor may attempt to collect a past due credit account itself, or it may hire a debt collector. The original creditor also may sell your credit account to a debt collector. A debt collector is a generally a third party who has been contracted specifically to collect on your account, or someone who has purchased it from the original creditor or another debt collector or debt buyer.

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