My 77-yr-old father just gave his bank account number to a phone number that comes up online as being connected to a financial scam. I made a complaint online and I called his bank to find out what can be done. It isn't much: watch the account for suspicious activity which can then be disputed, or close the account. It's so hard to know what to do. I've warned him not to give out info to people over the phone, but I can't stop it every time. I'm sure there was some slick sales pitch, and he doesn't stand a chance against something like that. Anybody else have parents that still use the phone and are in danger of becoming victim to a scam? How do you handle it? I don't monitor my father's phone calls. It's his house, I want him to have his freedom. I think this incident may have gotten his attention for the moment, but he'll forget soon enough, and a smooth talker is going to get his info right out of him. :-( I REALLY wish the Do Not Call lists actually worked... but criminals aren't going to respect a DNC anyway.
I don't think there's much I can do to prevent this from happening again. But... it's really bothering me right now, so I thought I'd ask if anyone else has similar experience.