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AARP Fraud Alert: Medicare Fraud

AARP Fraud Alert: Medicare Fraud

Government programs are often the target of criminal fraudsters and Medicare is one of the biggest. Fortunately, a nationwide network of Senior Medicare Patrol volunteers are often the first to spot these scams and warn others. Here are three scams they’re watching in 2024:

• False billings for diabetes treatments have been found on Medicare Summary Notices from people who do not have diabetes and have not received a device. This is an example of how fraudsters bill Medicare for services that were not provided. To protect yourself, carefully review monthly Medicare statements and report any false billings.

• Free products are another common Medicare scam. However, the product you receive – if you get anything at all – is usually cheap and low quality. Give your Medicare number only to your health care provider and not to anyone offering “free” products or services.

• And finally, free genetic testing is once again a popular Medicare scam. This often happens at health fairs where a scammer offers a free genetic test that only requires a cheek swab and your Medicare number. Medicare rarely covers the cost of genetic testing and this is just a ploy to get your Medicare number.

Fight fraud! If you can spot a fraud, you can stop it.

Report fraud to local law enforcement. For help from AARP, call 877-908-3360 or visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork.

Need a fraud prevention speaker for your group? Go to aarp.org/me or call 1-866-554-5380.