SCAN keeps an eye out for schemes that target seniors. Here are two of the most recent ones.
FRAUDULENT FOOTBATHS—In this scam, someone offers you a medicated foot bath kit, supposedly at no cost and often throwing in a “free” foot tub as part of the deal. But later you receive an expensive bill. Not only can this scam end up costing you money, the strong medicine in the kits could also be harmful.
DNA DON’TS—Dishonest salespeople are “selling” genetic testing to seniors at health fairs or adult day care centers. They claim it’s a free service covered by Medicare. But Medicare only pays for genetic testing if you’ve already been diagnosed with an illness for which there may be a genetic link. The con artists know this, and they know how to bill Medicare in order to get paid. The problem is, they use up one or more of your benefits—benefits you may need.
Don’t say yes to a medication or other health service or product until you’ve talked to your doctor about it. What the salesperson is offering may not be legitimate or could be harmful.
Don’t be fooled by a friendly face or “free” offers. Scam artists often use friendly salespeople or enticing gifts to build trust. If it’s truly free, you shouldn’t need to provide your SCAN ID, Medicare ID or any other personal information.
Review your monthly benefits statements from SCAN. If you see a medication, service or supply listed that you didn’t receive, it might be a mistake, or it could be something more. Call Member Services to find out.