Beware of Increasing Genetic Testing Scams

Beware of Increasing Genetic Testing Scams

Our California Senior Medicare Patrol has seen an alarming increase in fraudulent billing where older adults are deceived into getting a cheek swab procedure done (aka genetic testing). The scammer claims that this procedure will test for cancer and/or other health conditions and that it is fully covered by Medicare or Medi-Cal.

 

The scammers offer their fraudulent services to administrators at senior centers, senior residential facilities and other locations. We’ve even had reports of them setting up stands at supermarkets and other public locations.

 

We have additional reports that insurance agents and other service-oriented professionals are unknowingly recruited to serve as lead generators.

 

Please help us prevent the victimization of our older adults by alerting your networks to this most recent fraud scam.

 

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Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.