Officials warn about Medicare fraud


National News

July 16, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Officials warn about Medicare fraud involving genetic tests. DREAMTIME/IGOR STEVANOVIC/TNS

Federal authorities have issued a fraud alert about a new identity theft scheme using genetic testing to obtain a person’s Medicare or Medicaid information.

The scammers contact potential victims through telemarketing calls, health fairs and even at-home visits.

They offer beneficiaries home-testing kits to take a DNA swab for diagnosing any health problems and request Medicare numbers. Only your doctor can order such tests, officials said.

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