Insurance Fraud Quiz

What is Fraud?
According to Missouri Statute §375.991 RSMo., a person commits a "fraudulent insurance act" if he or she knowingly makes a statement or written document for a claim or insurance application which that person knows to contain material false information or conceals information concerning a material fact.
What is a policy dispute?
A policy dispute can be many things. You may have a policy dispute if it is questionable that you had coverage at the time of an accident. A policy dispute could be a disagreement about how an insurance company handles your claim (Mo. Reg. 20 CSR 100). Or, a policy dispute could be if your claim is denied because of a misrepresentation that is not material to the loss covered on the policy (§376.580 RSMo).
This quiz is developed for example purposes only. The questions and answers in this quiz are not to be construed as an opinion or position taken by the Missouri Department of Insurance. If you believe that you have a claim that should be paid, you may wish to ask the Consumer Affairs Section of the Missouri Department of Insurance for assistance by calling 1-800-726-7390 or check us out on line.

Question 1:

On October 31, Julia reported to her insurance company that she had an accident earlier that morning. The police report and the tow truck bill indicate that the date of loss (accident) happened on October 27. The effective date of her auto insurance policy was on October 29.

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Question 2:

Freedom Life Insurance Company did not pay any claim money or suffer a loss. Mr. Farmer passed away on July 1, 2002. On that same date, Freedom Life Insurance Company received a Change Of Beneficiary form with Mr. Farmer's signature. Due to Mr. Farmer's history of illness, the Change Of Beneficiary form was forwarded to the Document Investigations Unit of Freedom Life. The investigations unit determined that Mr. Farmer's mother, Betty, had forged her son's signature. Betty now states that her son intended to change the beneficiary of his policy and also says that she had authorization to make changes for her son. Though, she cannot produce any documents that certify her authorization.

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Question 3:

Brandon made a claim to the insurance company that while at a fast food restaurant, he fell and broke his left hand. After the insurance company conducted its investigation, they denied the claim because Brandon had been in a fight the night before and injured his hand when he punched someone.

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Question 4:

Todd applied for coverage on March 11th to Country Auto Insurance Company. The Country Auto Insurance Company agent forgot to ask about all the members of Todd's household. When Country Auto Insurance ran a standard application investigation, the company found that his stepdaughter lives part time in the house and she had a revoked status of her driver's license. The agent went back and advised Todd that he forgot to ask about other drivers in the house and he will need to exclude his stepdaughter from driving any of his cars since she has access to the vehicles part of the time.

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Question 5:

Mr. Townsend submitted a claim for furniture items that were stolen from his apartment. He intended to sell them at his garage sale in a week. He told all of his friends about his garage sale and invited them to see his furniture two weeks before the garage sale. From the information available to the investigators, it appears that Mr. Townsend's apartment was broken into and that he may be the victim of random burglars.

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