Spotting and Avoiding Elder, DNA Fraud in Rural America

The Department of Justice recently partnered with AARP and The Oak Ridge Boys to produce a public service announcement on the dangers of elder fraud. AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl says the partnership is important to rural America…

“Prevention is key. Fraudsters are targeting and stealing billions of dollars from unsuspecting Americans every year, especially in rural areas. We hope this partnership will help Americans be more aware and better able to identify scams, but most importantly, help combat elder abuse, neglect and financial fraud.”

According to the Federal Trade Commission, 16.7 million people from across the nation lost nearly $17 billion to identity fraud alone in the past year. And, alleged DNA fraud accounts for $2.1 billion in losses. DNA fraud occurs when Medicare is billed for a test or screening that is not medically necessary or not ordered by a physician…

“Scammers are calling folks and claiming to offer free genetic or cancer screenings. But, in doing so, they ask for sensitive personal information, like Medicare numbers. It’s important to safeguard your personal information, and never give it to a stranger.”

Voskuhl says AARP has resources available online…

“If you or a family member, friend, or colleague has been a victim of a fraud scheme, please report to www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork. You can find resources there to help you through fraud, or how to avoid it, as well.”

Learn more about DNA fraud Thursday night at 9 pm Central Time on RFD-TV, or online at www.aarp.org/aarplive.