Top scams so far in 2024

Published 8:30 am Saturday, June 1, 2024

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Government programs are often the target of criminal scammers and Medicare is one of the biggest ones. Here are three scams they are seeing in 2024:

False billing for diabetes treatment has been seen on Medicare summary notices of people who don’t have diabetes and didn’t receive a related device. To guard against this, check monthly Medicare statements carefully and report any false charges.

Free products are another common Medicare scam, however the product you receive – if you get anything at all – is usually cheap and inferior. Only share your Medicare number with your healthcare providers.

Lastly, free genetic testing is once again a trending Medicare scam. This often happens at health fairs where a scammer will offer a free genetic test that only requires a cheek swab and your Medicare number. Medicare rarely covers genetic testing.