Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is sending out a warning about a scam targeting older, at-risk Georgians with a “Genetic Testing Scheme.”
The Attorney General says he wants to raise awareness because the scam is now being reported all across the state. It involves offers for “free” genetic testing and Carr says it’s designed to exploit people’s healthcare concerns.
“Unfortunately, victims taken in by this scheme are often providing sensitive personal information, including insurance and financial information, that could be misused in a number of ways," says Carr.
Victims are being told their insurance or Medicare / Medicaid will pay for the testing. Carr says, 'it's a powerful one -two punch on this scam."
Some scammers are even offering some people cash for consenting to the sample and then they either take a swab from inside the person’s mouth on the spot or tell the person that a test kit will be mailed or hand-delivered to them. He says some of the con artists even have business cards and IDs to look legitimate, but they aren’t.
Carr says, "if someone approaches you and offers you a free generic testing program be very very concerned and weary."
If you feel you have been a victim please contact the Georgia Attorney General's office : https://law.georgia.gov/