Better Business Bureau Warns of DNA Testing Scams

Medicare recipients need to remain vigilant when it comes to their Medicare participant information. Scammers, both foreign and domestic, routinely target the personal health information of Medicare recipients for purposes of fraudulently billing the government health system for medical services, equipment, or medications that were neither needed nor received. 

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns consumers to watch out for unsolicited contacts from individuals claiming to offer free genetic testing to screen for heart conditions or cancer. These scams may come in phone calls, emails, door to door, or even setting up tables at senior centers or health fairs. Commonly, scammers will utilize official-sounding business names or spoof their Caller ID to appear they are calling from a government entity.  

While genetic testing may have legitimate purposes, the BBB urges consumers to check with their physician before agreeing to these costly tests and never share their Medicare number with anyone other than their physician’s office. 

If you, or someone you know, has been the victim of Medicare fraud, call 1-800-633-4227 or visit for more information.

Christopher Dill
Christopher Dill
Christopher Dill is the Special Investigations Unit Director at ICW Group Insurance Company. A Fraud Claims Law Specialist designee, he was a recipient of the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association’s Investigation of the Year Award for his significant contribution to the successful resolution of “Operation Back Lash” – one of the largest workers’ compensation health care bribery schemes ever uncovered in San Diego County. Christopher has participated in over 30 criminal cases surrounding medical and legal providers attempting to defraud the Workers’ Compensation system. Christopher’s approach to insurance fraud investigations is a holistic one. From preventative education campaigns, to data analytics, to time tested investigative, and intelligence gathering techniques, it is Christopher’s belief that a multi-faceted approach to insurance fraud is necessary to a successful defense.

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