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:

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 4:

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 5:

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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