I just learned that my dad fell for a online green card lottery scam. It happened over 3 years ago, the attacker took 60$ and disappeared. I am not even considering getting this money back.
On the other hand, he had his victim fill out all sorts of forms giving out private personal data. That worries me a lot more. I do not know what is the exact data given, my dad himself does not remember, so let's assume the worse.
So far, my dad hasn't noticed any unusual activity on his bank account, and he just wants to put this incident behind him. I already gave him the usual talk of how to detect fraud and not fall for it (as far as my internet knowledge goes) but what can I tell him about the leaked info? How can he make sure that:
- It's not going to be used by identity thiefs?
- It's not already being used by identity thiefs?