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:

Shawn Knight purchased a vehicle at a pawnshop. He had extensive repairs preformed on the car and also went back a second time for additional work. He took the car home after the work was completed but then called the shop owner wanting to know if the car was ready to be picked up. The shop owner thought he already came and picked up the vehicle. Since the shop owner could not find the car, he reported it stolen. Mr. Knight called back to say that his brother took the car because he thought the repair work cost too much. A few days later Mr. Knight reported the vehicle stolen from his mom's apartment. Mr. Knight would not answer the insurance company's questions in the E.U.O. (Examination Under Oath).

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Question 2:

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 3:

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 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:

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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