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:

Richard North owns a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am and insures it with Green Belt Insurance Company. He reported that his car was stolen, set on fire and completely burnt. The fire marshal determined that there was evidence of Mr. North's involvement with the fire. Just days before his Grand Am was stolen, the bank (lien holder) for Mr. North repossessed one of two vehicles he owns. Two years ago, Mr. North had a 1997 Ford Truck stolen that was insured by a different insurance company. At that time, Mr. North purchased insurance on the 1997 Ford on April 20 and then it was reported stolen on June 1.

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Question 2:

Stacie applied for auto insurance coverage to Country Auto Insurance Company. When the agent asked for information about all drivers in the home, Stacie failed to disclose information about her son. According to the underwriting standards of Country Auto Insurance Company, her son's membership in Stacie's household caused the household ineligible for coverage due to the revoked status of his driver's license. Stacie also did not tell the company that she had an accident two months ago and that her husband had a speeding ticket a year back.

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Question 3:

Kim filed a claim stating that she fell on her neighbor's back porch on January 12, 2003 due to snow and ice. She hurt her left shoulder. When the insurance company reviewed her medical records, they found a note stating that the original injury happened before Thanksgiving 2002, when she fell at a roller skating rink. The doctor for the insurance company confirmed what the note indicated.

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Question 4:

Josh damaged a sewer line when he was digging a trench for an electrical line to his house. This caused the sewer to back up in the house. Josh filed a claim stating that all of the items in his basement needed to be replaced. After the Rock Solid Property & Casualty Insurance Company investigated, it appears that only half of the items in his basement had sewer damage and the rest of his stuff was fine. Rock Solid Insurance Company advised Josh about their investigative findings and negotiated the claim. Rock Solid Insurance saved $20,250 by not paying for all of Josh's things.

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Question 5:

Janet completed an application for credit life insurance for the loan on her new car. She was asked if she had any pre-existing health conditions for heart attacks. She said no. Janet died from a heart attack 6 months later. The autopsy indicated that Janet had a small heart attack one year ago, but may have thought it was indigestion or heart burn at that time. If she would have seen the doctor for her problem a year ago, the doctor might have diagnosed her with heart disease.

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