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:

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 2:

Dianne submitted a claim for disability insurance benefits, and she was paid $4,862.38 in disability proceeds. During the disability claim investigation, surveillance, and an interview with Dianne, the insurance company found out that she had been running her own in-home day care. Dianne reimbursed the insurance company for all of the proceeds that she had been paid.

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Question 3:

Jenny filed a claim for disability. The Independence Life & Health Insurance Company said that her condition does not meet the policy definition of 'disability'. Jenny's claim was denied and then she filed a complaint with the Missouri Department of Insurance.

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Question 4:

Tammy filed a claim with her auto insurance company for hail damage two moths ago. The auto insurance company asked for proof of loss and specifically asked her to take pictures and mail them in. Tammy refused to take pictures because she felt that a claim adjuster should view her car and write her a check on the spot without questions asked. Her claim was denied due to lack of cooperation.

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Question 5:

Amy has an Actual Cash Value policy and sustained roof damage to her home that was caused by a tornado. Amy filed a claim for a new roof, but the claim was denied because her roof was 35 years old and never had any repairs to it. Amy filed a complaint with the Missouri Department of Insurance because her policy covers roof replacement caused by weather damage.

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