‘Free’ DNA test used to scam Medicare recipients

Scam warning: Fraudsters are urging cancer screenings.

States have begun issuing warnings about Medicare and Medicaid scams offering no-cost DNA swab tests for cancer, according to a story on the AARP website.

AARP’s Fraud Watch Network helpline has heard reports from consumers who revealed sensitive information for a purported DNA cancer screen.

Typically, helpline callers report being told by phone that their doctor said they are eligible for the free test and if the doctor prescribes it, Medicare will foot the bill, according to the AARP story.

Officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urge Medicare recipients to report concerns about suspicious activity to its toll-free number, 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227).

To read the entire AARP article, click on the following link: https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2019/dna-testing-scam.html