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:

Mr. Harrison damaged his vehicle at 9:00 A.M on September 1. Mr. Harris purchased insurance coverage for that same car at 10:00 A.M. on September 1, stating that there was no damage to the car and no prior losses (accidents or damage). Mr. Harris then reported that his car was damaged at 9:00 A.M on September 2.

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Question 2:

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 3:

Mr. Fair signed an application for life insurance on May 31, 2002. The Life Insurance Company issued the policy on June 28, 2002. Mr. Fair died due to a heart attack on October 4, 2002. When The Life Insurance Company received the claim for the policy benefits, they conducted a standard investigation into Mr. Fair's health records. The Life Insurance Company found that Mr. Fair had a very extensive heart history and knew about his condition when he applied for insurance coverage. Based on the review of his health history, The Life Insurance Company would not have issued the policy if they had known about Mr. Fair's condition at the time of the application. Since Mr. Fair lied about his health history, The Life Insurance Company refunded all of the premiums that were paid into the policy.

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Question 4:

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 5:

Independent Agent Dan Bauer applied to become an agent with Reliable Investment Life & Annuity Assurance Company. He also applied for life insurance at the same time. He failed to tell the company that he had a serious medical condition and had treatment for it twice each year since May 2000.

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