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Medicare Fraud a Concern in Many States, Including South Carolina


Newtown Sq, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/24/2019 -- Medicare has become a popular place for scammers and fraud artists. The latest scheme offers free DNA testing through a target's health insurance.

The DNA test scam emerged in South Carolina recently. It offers a free test service under the auspices of a beneficiary's Medicare coverage. The Department of Consumer Affairs in South Carolina has issued a warning, but this scam could quickly spread to other states.

Scammers not only attempt calling seniors, but they have also started to show up at health fairs, community centers, churches, home health agencies and senior housing facilities. Scammers suggest Medicare offers free health screenings with an included genetic test. The scammer tells the individual that they need to provide a name and contact information, give a cheek swab, and Medicare information.

When Medicare identification is shared with a scam artist, they use the information, either to issue fraudulent bills or for identity theft. It is not uncommon for the scammer to rack up thousands of dollars of services not covered by Medicare.

"The best way to avoid being scammed is never to share your Medicare benefit information with anyone. Medicare does not go to health fairs or other places to offer their services," added Clelland Green, RHU, CEO

Worthwhile tips to avoid being scammed are:

- Under no circumstances consent to any lab tests.

- Never give anyone personal information unless they are genuine healthcare providers.

- Never provide anyone health plan numbers, banking information or social security numbers.

- Be suspicious of anyone stating cancer screening/genetic tests are free.

- Any tests must be ordered by a doctor and be medically necessary.

- When in doubt, call the Medicare fraud line at (877) 772-3379.

- Always monitor your Medicare summary notices that arrive every three months to check for any suspicious activity.