Whenever you hear the word “free” it just might be a new scam! In this case the Scammers are offering “free” genetic tests and claiming that Medicare will cover the cost. In reality they are trying to commit fraud and identity theft. They are targeting seniors through telemarketing calls, at health fairs, and they might even be knocking on your front door!
Remember, only a physician that you know and trust can approve a request for genetic testing. If you fall for this scheme it could cost you thousands of dollars and big headaches as you will be responsible not only for the cost of the testing but for giving your protected personal information to a crook.
So, protect yourself by not sharing your Medicare or Social Security number, or other important personal information. Don’t accept a cheek swab or genetic testing kit sent to you in the mail. IF YOU SUSPECT MEDICARE FRAUD CALL 1-800-MEDICARE TO REPORT IT!