Avoid the Genetic Testing Scam

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In the latest con, scammers are offering free genetic tests and claiming Medicare
will cover it so they can get your Medicare number and use it to commit Medicare fraud and identity theft. They’re targeting people through telemarketing calls, health fairs and even by knocking on doors.

Only a doctor you know and trust should order and approve any request for genetic testing.

If Medicare is billed for a test or screening that wasn’t medically necessary and wasn’t ordered by your doctor, the claim could be denied. This means you could be responsible for the entire cost of the test, which could amount to thousands of dollars.

Here’s how to protect yourself:

• Don’t share your Medicare number, Social Security number or any other
personal information with anyone who offers to give you a “free” in-person genetic
screening or cheek swab, or a DNA testing kit in the mail.
• If you get a genetic testing kit in the mail, refuse the delivery or return to sender
unless your doctor ordered it.
If you suspect Medicare fraud, call 1-800-MEDICARE or contact the HHS OIG Hotline.

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