August Scam of the Month - Council on Aging

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) issued a statement warning older adults that scammers may be using DNA testing as way to get private information.  In this situation, scammers will approach older adults at senior community centers and assisted living facilities, stating that they are testing for cancer and other life-threatening diseases with a cheek swab. In reality, these con artists are obtaining personal information like social security numbers, banking information, etc.

In some scenarios, the older adult might be told that the genetic test can be paid by Medicare, which is likely fraud. Medicare recipients should report suspicious activity to its toll-free number, 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227).

Always keep in mind:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • ONLY give out private information like Medicare/Social Security numbers or banking information to trusted, verified individuals/organizations
  • Don’t feel pressured into making an immediate decision
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