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AG Warns Marylanders About DNA Testing Scam Targeting Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries

May 8th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is warning consumers to be suspicious of representatives of companies that purport to offer “free” DNA testing to check for cancer. The DNA testing scam is a new twist used by scammers to trick people into giving away their health insurance information for the purpose of committing identity theft and fraud.

Scammers are targeting Medicare beneficiaries with phone calls and by visiting health fairs, assisted living homes, and senior events. Claiming the DNA testing is covered by Medicare, they will use a cotton swab stick to a take a saliva sample from the inside of your mouth. They request your Medicare information and may also ask for your social security number. Do not be fooled; this is a scam. Medicare only pays for certain genetic testing and cancer screenings that are medically necessary and ordered by a doctor.

In other states, scammers have also targeted Medicaid beneficiaries by claiming to be affiliated with a local Medicaid insurer. In Louisville, Kentucky, scammers paid $20 to Medicaid recipients as an incentive for them to take a DNA test, and subsequently requested their Medicaid insurance information. It is illegal to pay anyone who is a recipient of government health insurance to induce them to receive a medical service.

Although the Maryland Office of Attorney General has received a small number of complaints, other states across the country have received numerous complaints about the DNA testing scam, which may be the work of an organized group or individuals acting alone.

The scam raises concerns about potential health care fraud and identity theft since scammers have the names of consumers and their health insurance information. This information could be sold to unscrupulous health care providers who may bill Medicare and Medicaid for medical services that were not provided to the consumer. It could also be used by an imposter to obtain free medical care using your identity and health insurance information.

2 Responses to “AG Warns Marylanders About DNA Testing Scam Targeting Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries”

  1. May 08, 2019 at 7:33 pm, Joe Wellberg said:

    Frosh is a scam artist himself. Anything he says is a lie. Anytime he sues he acts like a liar.

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  2. May 08, 2019 at 7:34 pm, Joe Wellberg said:

    Frosh is responsible for supporting pro child abuser laws and supports throwing abuse victims into prison for defending themselves. Good job Maryland for electing scammers like him

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