FactFinder Minute: Be aware of DNA-test scams, fake contractors

For this week's FactFinder Minute (May 16, 2019) FactFinder 12 warns of popular scams in which you could be a target.

The popularity of home DNA tests is growing and so are the number of scams surrounding these tests.

The AARP and Better Business Bureau say scammers are either going door-to-door or calling you, asking if you'd like a free DNA test. They claim it's a pre-screen for cancer and all you have to do is hand over your personal information and Medicare number.

Don't fall for it. Keep in mind that you should talk to your doctor before doing any medical test.

Scammers are also looking to take advantage of people cleaning up from severe weather damage. To keep fake contractors from stealing your money and not delivering on the needed work, ask for their registration number with the attorney general's office and beware that some scammers will use high -pressure sales tactics.

Make sure any contractor you deal with meets all state and local requirements.