Father gave out SS# and DOB to random caller on phone.

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Obviously phished and scammed. Is their any way to protect him after the fact?

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Call one of the three credit reporting agencies and have a fraud alert placed, or for better protection, place a security freeze on his credit. (Under the circumstances I would actually do both).

That will cost you, about $10 for each company, I think. You'll have an opportunity if you place the fraud alert to order a copy of his credit report, for free; do so now, as you'll be entitled to another one when 2018 arrives.

Also, contact any credit card holders, banks and other institutions which could be breached by someone with your father's personal information and alert them to the possibility of a potential fraud effort.

Does your father's phone have caller ID? If so, check the numbers for the date and around the time the scammer called, google then to see if you can determine who they are, report them on the DNC site. And read the FTC's guidelines on fraud. If you can determine which number was the scammer, you can report that to the FTC as well.

Google: fraud alert; the hits after the typical ads are good ones to read.

FTC site: www.google.com/search?ei=7WAsWpX7BuaXjwTarZGAAg&q=FTC+on+fraud&oq=FTC+on+fraud&gs_l=psy-ab.3...173301.175405.0.175545.12.12.0.0.0.0.137.1338.4j8.12.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.10.1089...0j0i67k1j0i131k1j0i10k1j0i22i30k1j0i22i10i30k1.0.5oVY6zH8B3A

But it's easier to just Google "FTC on fraud".

I sure hope that you can stop this scammer/fraudster. Please let me know how things work out for you.

And, you'll have to think of a way to prevent your father from giving out personal information. I don't have any suggestions on this, as it's a challenging task.

ETA: follow the link that Barb posted - it's better than googling.
That random caller has his number and WILL strike again. My Mom's roommate was conned out or 25K over several months and took my mother down along with another friend. There is no recovery of money. File a police report and save a copy for the tax accountant. Check phone numbers but most scammers call on different numbers. Look for area codes outside of the country. You can learn a lot from googling the Jamaican sweepstakes. If this is what happened he can easily do this again.You may have to change his phone number asap.
If you have POA, this is the trigger that you now need to step in. I went one step farther by getting enough info on Mom's land line account via computer. I could see all numbers coming and going.  Since she rarely answered the phone I sneekaly forwarded all of her calls to my phone and intercepted suspicious incoming. If I recognized the caller, I let it ring through to her answering machine.
Mac, I'm sorry to learn about your mother's misfortune. There should be a Special Victims Squad for elders who are conned by thieves!

Your good advice reminded me that perhaps Geedds could have her mother's phone number changed, to an unlisted one. It might not stop the random and robo calls, but it might stop some of them, especially if the one that specifically got information spreads the number around, although I would think that a scammer would more likely keep the information to itself so it can exploit the situation w/o anyone else benefitting.
Excellent advice above! I'm so sorry. My dementia-ridden mother, before she had round-the-clock care, fell into a phone scammer's trap. Us kids had no idea until one sister got a call from Mom's bank who knew Mom well. A teller stopped her from withdrawing money to send to this person the teller recognized as a scam. Turns out Mom was getting phone calls every ten minutes!!

I immediately changed Mom's phone number and made it unlisted then keep a fraud alert on her credit reports (she seemed to recall she did not give out her important information). I check her credit reports monthly through Credit Karma.

She has round-the-clock care now so I monitor her when she's on the phone, even though with her dementia that incident was burned into her memory. Even now when she can barely knows how to use the phone, if she's not sure of anything from a caller she either hands off the receiver to me or hangs up.

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