Georgia Attorney General warns seniors of genetic testing scam targeting the elderly

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – We have another scam to warn you about following an alert from the office of Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr. Carr warns that scam artists are 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 in many parts of Georiga, It involves offers of “free” genetic testing and Carr says it’s designed to exploit people’s healthcare concerns.

“We are becoming increasingly concerned about this scam which is making its way throughout Georgia,” said Carr. “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. We want Georgians to be aware that we are seeing more and more of this activity, so they can spot the warning signs and share this information with friends and family members.”

The Attorney General’s Office says most of the scams are following a similar pattern:

  • Consumers are receiving telemarketing calls or even having people knock on their doors to get them to participate in the so-called testing.
  • Older folks are being approached at places like health fairs and even residential facilities.
  • Some scam artists are even preying on the homeless by making personal visits to their tent or other temporary places of residence.
  • Scammers offer to provide genetic testing and play into fears about serious diseases like cancer, dementia or heart disease.

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