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:

Bob's home caught fire on January 1. The St. Louis fire investigator classified the fire as accidental due to a short circuit in the garage. A Cause & Origin Examination of the collapsed structure was conducted at the request of Bob's insurance company. There were positive identifiers for accelerants on both floors of the house. Also, the remains of the house were dug out to assist with the evaluation of the $300,000 claim for the contents of Bob's house. At the bottom of the basement stairs was a red plastic container containing a liquid with an odor similar to gasoline. After an interview with Bob's in-laws, it appears that half of his furniture is being kept at Bob's brother's house in Kansas City.

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Question 3:

The insured, Alex, was three months late on his monthly car payment when his car was stolen. Alex told the lien holder, River Bend Savings & Loan that he was out of town when the theft occurred, but later he told the claim adjuster for the insurance company that he was working at his second job at that time. No broken glass was found at the insured's apartment where the vehicle was parked. Alex's car was recovered in a burnt condition. The door locks did not appear damaged, the radio was in the vehicle, the wheels and tires were still attached, and no other parts appeared to be missing.

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Question 4:

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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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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