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:

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 2:

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 3:

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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Question 4:

Anna rented an apartment and had renters insurance for the things she owns in the apartment. Anna had a fire in the apartment and lost everything. The landlord told Anna that she would have to pay for every thing because the fire was her fault. On her claim form were items such as clothes, doors, hats, bathroom mirrors, furniture, and carpet. Anna was not paid for the doors, bathroom mirrors, and carpet.

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Question 5:

Mrs. Court took out a life insurance policy on Jim, 20 years ago, when he was 3. Jim has a condition that leaves him unable to independently take care of himself as an adult. Jim lives with his parents who have P.O.A. (Power Of Attorney) over his affairs. Mrs. Court called the insurance company to change his beneficiary to Jim's Estate. The insurance company refused to process the paperwork until Mrs. Court furnished a copy of the POA.

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