Lying on Your Life Insurance Application: What is a Lie?

canstockphoto8654543Unfortunately, in some cases, those who are looking into making a life insurance purchase are doing so with a bit of reluctance. They understand its necessity and benefits, but the idea of factoring it into their budget brings on migraines; especially, if they have any kind of significant medical history, or ongoing medical struggles.  You can click here to visit Suncorp directly.

This is where scribbling a few little white lies down on their life insurance application becomes a temptation—after all, when one little lie can possibly save you a few hundred bucks a month, what’s the harm?

What most don’t understand is that there is a lot of harm that can be caused from committing insurance fraud. I know what you might be thinking… “I mean, that’s an exaggeration, right? It’s not really insurance fraud, right? …. RIGHT?!”

It is! Sure, it will save you money while you’re alive and well, but what happens when you pass away and the very purpose of your life insurance policy comes to fruition; who pays the price? Your loved ones. That is, if you don’t get caught right from the get-go.

Before you hyperventilate, it’s important to understand what is and what isn’t a lie. In some cases, there is such a thing as just having bad luck and poor timing.

A WARRANTY LIE

This is any item on your application that can be filled in with full guarantee from the applicant that it is the whole truth and nothing but the truth. With these items, there’s no wiggle room—if it’s determined to be a lie, there’s going to be almost nothing you can say to get out of it.

This kind of lie would be to note on your application that you’ve never had any kind of previous heart condition, when you in fact had open heart surgery a month before your application.

Typically, you won’t succeed in getting away with a lie on one of these items, either. They are extensively investigated by the insurance company when you apply and if you’re caught, you will not only have your application rejected, but a record of this offense will be filed with the Medical Insurance Bureau (MIB: mibgroup.com), which will alert any other insurer that you might apply with.

If you do make it past the application phase with the lie and it’s discovered later, your contract will be voided and your premiums refunded.

A REPRESENTATION LIE

This is any item on your application that is filled in only with the applicant’s fully educated belief to be true. To the best of your ability, you know this to be true, but there is the possibility for human error, or discovery that it could be false.

Using the same example as before, this type of lie would occur if you noted on your application that you’ve never had any kind of previous heart condition, and then a week later it is discovered that you did all along (a first diagnosis).

When this kind of lie occurs, with no deliberate intent to fool the insurance company, there typically won’t be repercussions, only adjustments. From insurer to insurer, it will be different; some policies come with a contestation period attached and they will alter your policy and premiums according to what your new condition is. Others, will only look at your health at the time of the application and as soon as it’s accepted, you’re free and clear.