How long can a company try to collect on a mortgage debt?

Question Details: I purchased a single family home 12 years ago and lost it 4 years later for non-payment and taxes. It has been on my credit report all these years until last year when it was removed. Now I'm getting calls from 1 of the collection agencies that the debt was sold to. If it is no longer on my credit report, can they still try to collect?

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