The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is warning the public that scammers are offering fake “COVID-19 test” services to people in exchange for sensitive personal information.
The personal information collected could be used to fraudulently bill Federal health care programs and commit medical identity theft. If Medicare or Medicaid denies the claim for an unapproved test, the beneficiary could be responsible for the cost.
Here are Some Tips for How to Protect Yourself:
- Be cautious of unsolicited requests for your Medicare or Medicaid number.
- Be suspicious of any unexpected calls or visitors offering COVID-19 tests or supplies. If your personal information is compromised, it may be used in other fraud schemes.
- Ignore offers or advertisements for COVID-19 testing or treatments on social media sites. A physician or other trusted healthcare provider should assess your condition and approve any requests for COVID-19 testing.
- If you suspect COVID-19 fraud, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline (866) 720-5721 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: US Dept of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General