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New cases of annuity fraud are a reminder to be wary

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If you're considering purchasing or transferring annuities, be aware of the risks. A new class action lawsuit was launched against Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (NYSE: AZ). The complaint alleges that the company enticed people to purchase its annuities using false advertising. The buyers of the annuities say they never received a bonus Allianz promised them.

In some cases, Allianz told clients that they would get a 10 percent bonus if they transferred their current annuity over to Allianz. Most annuities charge heavy fees for withdrawing early, so people who switched from one plan to another were relying on the bonus just to cover the cost of switching. The annuities involved include Master Dex 10 Annuity, 10% Bonus PowerDex Elite Annuity, and the Bonus Dex Elite Annuity.

Annuities Q&A
  • What's an annuity? It's a special kind of investment offered by life insurance companies that promises to pay out a regular amount of money after you pay in for a certain amount of time.

  • Who else is offering "bonuses annuities"? Pioneer Investments, American Skandia, Ing, Ohio National, Extra-GE, Manulife Financial, AXA Equitable, Pacific Life, The Hartford.

  • Are there charges for annuities? Yes - sometimes a lot of them. Make sure you have all costs explained to you, and don't pay for things you don't need.

  • How do I know who to trust? The California Department of Insurance tells consumers considering an annuity - or any kind of insurance - to check the company's ratings: "Five major insurance rating companies grade insurers on their financial health and ability to pay claims. These companies are:

    • A. M. Best
    • Standard and Poor's
    • Moody's Investor Service
    • Duff & Phelps, and
    • Weiss Research"

  • What if I think my insurance company is over-charging me? The fine print can be tricky sometimes. If there's a chance you've been cheated, it may be time to seek legal advice.
Shady financial deals are nothing new to consumers, but annuity fraud seems to be on the rise again. Be sure to learn as much as you can about a company if you're giving them your money. And if you think you've been duped, get legal advice.

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READER COMMENTS

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Good Day,

My wife and I purchased a Allianz 365i Fixed Annuity. We invested $400,000. Our life savings. Their rep told us that since we were going with this specific annuity that we would receive a bonus of $24,000.

After the 1st year (6/2/2015) our investment return was 0.25%. Allianz and their rep said we made 6% due to the bonus. However, we were later told that the $24,000 would be doled out at 10% a year or $2,400.

We tried to get out of the annuity claiming false representation and their attorney's answer was that it was all spelled out in the contract, which we signed. Obviously, not being in the annuity business my wife and I trusted their rep or we would never have agreed to buy the annuity. Shame on us! So much for TRUST.

I trust there is no Class Action lawsuit that we could become a part of???

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Allianz misrepresentation of Masterdex 10 annuity product. we were sold the product advertised with a 10% bonus plus returns on an indexed with an upside cap and no downside protection. Bonus and investment interest vested after 10 years. After 10 years attempted to roll over policy value 30K plus bonus and returns equal to $50,808. Allianz now is only willing to return original investment of 30K. Is there a case for insurance fraud?

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