A new robocall is offering free genetic testing for cancer or heart disease as part of a scam to defraud Medicare, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The callers, the Post-Gazette adds, are after people's Medicare information so they can bill the government agency for fake or unneeded tests. In addition to scamming Medicare out of money and driving up costs, Rebecca Kinney from the US Department of Health and Human Services tells the Post-Gazette that scam victims could later face problems if they do need genetic testing, as it might look like they already had it.
"If you haven’t had a discussion with your doctor about needing these tests, hang up the phone," Kinney adds at the paper, further suggesting that prospective victims also report the encounter.
Similar schemes were reported in 2019 in which fraudsters set up tables at events senior citizen might frequent or went door-to-door to obtain individuals' Medicare information. Other schemers claimed to be from states' Medicaid programs and targeted homeless individuals by offering cash for a DNA swab. Additionally, another version of the scam in early 2020 offered COVID-19 testing.