From our national network of SMP, AgeOptions had heard of genetic testing scams in other states and and we received our first report in Illinois earlier this month. This is a growing concern around the country that this scam will become more common.
Here is how the scam works: You attend a health fair or presentation where people offer "free" genetic testing/screenings for cancer and/or other diseases. Then they take your Medicare number.
What the business will do next is charge your Medicare account for the genetic testing services. You may or may not receive your test results, but if you read your MSN, you will see Medicare is charged a large amount of money for something you were told was ''free."
Always work with your doctor. If you need genetic testing, your doctor can order it for you and talk about the results with you.
If you've received genetic testing paid for by Medicare at a fair or presentation or notice something suspicious on your MSN, please contact the Illinois Senior Medicare Patrol at AgeOptions at (800)699-6043.