Published: Nov 18, 2010 6:31 PM EST
Updated: Nov 18, 2010 3:31 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A Florida woman is suing a debt collection company, saying the company harassed her by sending messages on Facebook to both her and her friends.

In court papers filed Thursday, Melanie Beacham of St. Petersburg says employees of Mark One Financial LLC contacted two of Beacham's Facebook friends and also sent texts and Facebook messages to Beacham regarding a car loan debt of $362.

Beacham's attorney, Billy Howard, says the debt collectors violated Beacham's privacy and that the tactics violate Florida's Consumer Collector Practices Act. It prohibits debt collectors from "engaging in any conduct which is abusive or harassing."

An attorney representing Mark One did not immediately return a call Thursday.