My older brother and only sibling is 71 and lives in his own apartment in a building for low-income seniors. He was never diagnosed but based on my work with children with autism he's definitely on the high-functioning end of the spectrum. He can live independently with no issues; he cooks, cleans, does laundry, walks to the local stores to shop and always takes his medications on time. However, he has a lot of comprehension issues. As his POA I have to manage all of his finances and other affairs. I also have to accompany him to his doctor appointments because he doesn't understand what the doctors tell him and doesn't know how to advocate for himself.
Our parents did all that for him when they were alive, so he never learned how to even do simple banking because it was always done for him. When they passed I had no choice but to take over.
My brother is also very gullible. I programmed my phone number into his caller ID and advised him repeatedly to direct all calls to me, and to never give out personal information over the phone.
Well, today he completely ignored my advice and did just that. He told me someone from Medicare called asking for information and he gave it to them. He gave them everything from his address to his date of birth to his SSN. It's been two hours since he told me and I'm still sick to my stomach.
I created a LifeLock account for him and contacted his bank. The only account he has is a checking account jointly held by both of us to which his Social Security payment is deposited. They set up push notifications to my phone about any suspicious transaction. Because he has no credit history there's no way to freeze any credit inquiries or applications.
What else can I do to head off potential identity theft?