Watch Your Step

by Jim Breen
staff writer

Shareholders continue to be vexed by the recent reports of scams tied to Verizon.
The latest occurred recently when Fred and Minette Schuchner of Mutual 15 received an email from Verizon, informing them that when their payment was made by credit card, it was rejected. Further, if it remained unpaid, their wireless phone service would be discontinued.
When Mr. Schuchner responded to the message it could not be forwarded and he received a warning that the email message was a scam.
“We never paid our phone bill by credit card and the charges for the cell phone are included in the regular phone bill,” said Mr. Schuchner.
The resident contacted the real Verizon, and a representative said the carrier did not send the message.
The Schuchners also learned that scammers had accessed their credit card number and used it during the fiasco involving Target, so it was replaced by Bank of America.
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Mutual 9 resident Virginia Lincourt received a postcard recently that promised $100 worth of coupons in her name redeemable at any Wal-Mart or Target store.
She was urged to call a toll-free number immediately for details. She was told that the coupons would cost her $1.96 payable only by credit card. Obviously, the credit card number was requested.
“Why wouldn’t she just deduct that amount from the $100,” she asked?

Have you been the victim of a scam attempt? Send the details to jimbreen@lwsbnews.com or call 431-6586, ext. 387, Wednesday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


GAF Tax Assistance Program

Appointments are required the Golden Age Foundation income tax program that is now under way and will continue until April 10.
Residents should call 596-1987 and leave their names and telephone numbers on the GAF answering machine. A volunteer will return calls to schedule appointments. Shut-ins should also call that number.
Residents must bring their Social Security cards and Leisure World IDs to their appointments. Volunteers will be working Monday- Friday in the morning only.
Only Leisure World residents can qualify for the program, and must have income under $75,000, file either as a single person or married, filing jointly, have no income from a business or partnership, and have six or less sales of stocks or bonds.
The following records should be brought to appointments:
• Copies of 2012 income tax returns
• All year-end income statements
• Year-end brokers’ statements
• Verification of the cost of any stocks or bonds sold by the shareholder or his/her broker
• Building contract for any 2013 installation of energy-efficient items.
If residents plan to itemize deductions, they should prepare a list of all medical expenses, charitable contributions, taxes, interest, etc. Bring the list and accompanying receipts to their appointments.
More than $4,500 in such expenses are needed before residents can itemize.
To have refunds directly deposited, bring checkbooks.
Tax returns will be prepared upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Take the elevator or stairs to Room A, second floor, the tax preparation room.
For those with the necessary records, tax returns will be prepared while they wait. It will take about one hour for the review of records and preparation.
An alternate free tax preparation service is also provided by AARP on Mondays through April 14 in the community room adjacent to Fire Station 48 at 3131 North Gate Road.
Call 431-2527, ext. 1307, for appointments.

Historical Society

The Leisure World Historical Society will hold a quarterly meeting Feb. 26, in Clubhouse 1. Refreshments served at 9 a.m.,followed by the program.
In keeping with the growing ethnic diversity in LW, it is important to learn about the history and various cultures of friends and neighbors.
Club President Carole Damoci invited T.V. Tran, president of the Vietnamese American Club, and members to attend and share their customs, traditions and history.
Native clothing is colorful and the celebrations are animated.
– Joan Shramek
Legion Auxiliary

The American Legion Auxiliary is planning the annual spring fashion show for March 22 in Clubhouse 2.
The activity will begin in the lobby with vendors selling jewelry, clothes, and other items.
Lunch will be served at noon, followed by the fashion show. Fashions will be by Carol’s on Main Street in Seal Beach.
Dooror prizes will be awarded and Auxiliary President Mary Wiens will announce the winner of the woman of the year award.
Funds raised will be used for nursing scholarships at Golden West College.
Tickets, priced at $25 each, are going quickly. To purchase them, call Juanita Townsend at 431-4026. Cost per table is $200.
The fashion show is a great mother-daughter activity and a good opportunity to shop for Easter clothes.
– Sandy Esslinger

Safe Driver Class

The next AARP Safe Driver class will be held from 1-5 p.m., March 18, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.
To qualify for the four-hour classes, residents must have completed an eight-hour class within the past three years, and their insurance company must agree to their eligibility.
The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members.
Members must provide their AARP membership cards when they pay the fee.
Fees must be paid by personal check or money order. Cash cannot be taken.
Residents who lost their AARP membership cards can call (888) 687-2277.
Other four-hour, single-day class dates are June 17, Sept. 16, and Oct. 20.
For reservations, call Betty Adams at 936-1333.

Womens Club

The Leisure World Woman’s Club will hold a card party and luncheon tomorrow in Clubhouse 2. Lunch, $9 per person, will be served at noon. Lunch tickets will be sold by table number. One person can pick up tickets for a table of four for $36. Seating should be completed by 11:45 a.m.
Those tables needing a substitute player for either bridge or canasta are asked to call Vivian Neiger at 594-6550 for the names of substitutes who can be contacted.
Standing club rules require regularly attending card players to be current members of the Woman’s Club. Membership cards should be taken to all these events.
Guests invited to attend the card party luncheon may do so twice a year, must have a luncheon reservation and be accompanied by her sponsor.

Theosophical Society

Dr. James Santucci, professor of religious studies at California State University, Fullerton, will discuss spiritualism in the Victorian Period, at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 21, at Farmers and Merchants Bank, 12535 Seal Beach Blvd.
The lecture is given by the Long Beach Theosophical Society without charge or obligation.
For more information, call 430-3957.