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Scam Alert: Genetic Testing

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General is warning the public of a scam involving genetic testing.

Scammers are offering Medicare beneficiaries a “free” genetic testing test to obtain their Medicare information for identity theft or fraudulent billing purposes. Those who agree to the testing and verify their personal or Medicare information may receive a cheek swab or in-person screen or testing kit through the mail. If Medicare denies the claim, the beneficiary could be responsible for the total cost of the test.

Victims are being targeted through telemarketing calls, booths at public events, health fairs, and door-to-door visits.

Be suspicious of anyone who offers you “free” genetic testing and asks for your Medicare number. Always be cautious of unsolicited requests for your Medicare number.

If you suspect Medicare fraud, contact the HHS OIG Hotline.