Watch Your Step by Jim Breen staff writer
Terry Bradshaw of Mutual 14 is concerned by a call she received last week from someone listed as “Windows support” in the message waiting indicator of her phone who requested that she turn on her computer for “direct access” to help rid her of hackers.
The resident told the man that she was busy and would call him back, so he gave her name and phone number. Odd that such a call would come from upstate New York all the way to Seal Beach.
Two days after the first call, the LWer was contacted again with “Lake Forest” in the message waiting indicator.
“I read on the Internet that these guys are making lots of calls, and LW people need to be aware of it,” she said.
The scammers are aggressive, persistent types posing as Windows support technicans. They tell people their computers are infected and they needs to “access” it -- with the victim’s help.
The real Microsoft is aware of the “imitation” and isn’t happy. The corporation’s published response on the matter was relayed to Watch Your Step by a non-resident reader:
“What’s really alarming is that this type of scam shows no signs of slowing down,” said Kirsten Kliphouse of Microsoft’s customer service and support group,
“Increasingly, we hear via our front-line support team, and even from friends and family, that these scammers are getting bolder, targeting individuals and businesses.
Individual reports keep coming on the Windows scam.
The non-resident reader related a story from a friend who was called by someone who wanted to “fix” his computer for $179 and got very angry when the offer was refused.
Have you been the victim of a scam attempt? Send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 431-6586, ext. 387, Wednesday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The Leisure World Phil-Am Club will present an entertainment program, “A Musical: Moods, Melodies and Unforgettable Memories” at 4 p.m., May 17, in Clubhouse 4, There is no charge to attend.
Master of ceremonies Joseph Chavez, club president, will begin the program with “God Bless America,” Shirlene Chavez will lead the audience with piano accompaniment by Barbara McIlhaney.
For the grand finale, the club’s chorale will sing all three stanzas of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” to commemorate Armed Forces Day May 17, the day of the program.
Many all-time popular sentimental and romantic songs will be presented, accompanied by Barbara McIlhaney, piano; and Bennie and Jay de la Cruz and Max Cadabona, ukulele, playing “Hi-Lili, Hil-Lo,” “Pearly Shells,” “Via con Dios,” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
The guest performers will attempt to entertain the audience by showcasing their talents.
The Leisure World Woman’s Club will hold a card party and luncheon tomorrow, Friday, 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. Everyone should be seated 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 substitute players 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.
A guest invited to attend the card party luncheon may do so twice a year, must have a luncheon reservation and be accompanied by her sponsor.
Members may pay their 2014-2015 dues ($20) at the card party or mail a check to Penny Wright, 13902 Thunderbird Lane, 8-C, Seal Beach, CA, 90740. Checks should be made out to Leisure World Woman’s Club.
Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope and last year’s membership card with the check.
– Janet Carpenter
Y Service Club
The Y Service Club will meet at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 21, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Guest speaker will be Kristina Mendoza of Starkey, a company that produces hearing aids.
A continental breakfast will be served from 7:30-8 a.m. President Margaret Humes will convene a short business meeting at 8.
Vice President Joseph Chavez will introduce Ms. Mendoza at 8:30.
Visitors are welcome to attend.
The club is grateful to everyone who supported the recent pancake breakfast. Proceeds will support the Kids-to-Camp program of the Los Altos YMCA.
– Trish Geddes
Disaster First Aid Class
Caregivers and their shareholders and directors of all mutual boards are encouraged to attend the next Disaster First Aid class, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., May 17, in Clubhouse 3, Room 8.
Classes are open to everyone.
Training is provided by the Organized Communities Volunteer Education Association (OVEVA), a local non-profit disaster training organization.
The class teaches people how to treat their immediate injuries before outside help arrives.
Cost of the class is $22, payable at the beginning of the class. Checks or cash will be accepted. A manual is included with the fee.
Registration is required. Contact Geneva Potepan, LW first aid training coordinator, at email@example.com or ( 951) 675-4271. They can also be made by calling Madge Armstrong at 598-3087.
NA’AMAT USA, a voice for women, children and Israel, will honor the life and legacy of Nelly Sachs when the group meets at 12:30 p.m., May 19 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
Ms. Sachs, a Jewish-German poet, was co-winner of the 1966 Nobel Prize for literature. The life and poetry of Nelly Sachs will be discussed at the program. Guests are also invited to attend.
Speaker Janeice McConnell, describes the program as “a celebration of a people through the poetry of Nelly Sachs, a heroine beyond words, which we will learn through her words.
Nelly’s life is a metaphor for the “Shoa.”
Nelly was also a writer of Jewish mysticism and talmudic subjects as well as a playwright. Her writings are kept in the National Library of Sweden.
Janeice McConnell is a dynamic speaker and well-experienced. A former educator and member of the Peace Corps, she speaks on behalf of the League of Women Voters and serves as American Affairs Chair of the NA’AMAT USA chapter in Leisure World.
Like all of members, Janeice is an activist for advancing the status of women and children in the United States, Israel and throughout the world.
Refreshments will be served, and there is no cost to attend. Donations will be gratefully accepted.
Call Henrietta Zarovsky at 596-3767 for further information or to provide names of outside guests for entry at the Main Gate.
– Darlene Rose
Members of the Open Forum will continue its series of lectures and discussions on China’s early history and society when the group meets at 10 a.m.,May 20, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
The Han Dynasty from 206 BC to 221 AD is now being studied. The series continues through 2014.
The club will take a look at China’s cultural, religious and philosophical ways and beliefs.
The Forum meets at 10 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
All are welcome; there are no membership fees or dues. The Open Forum is a public service.
For more information, call Mark Barnett at 430-2435.
As the club year nears an end, the women of American Legion Auxiliary are planning a luncheon meeting June 16 along with Legion Post 327 and Unit 327.
To make reservations for the homemade lunch, call Hermina Jansma at 431-8616.
She will sell tickets at the general meeting May 19 in Clubhouse 4 at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person.
The Leisure World community has given its full support to the sale of Carl’s Jr./Green Burrito coupon books
The cost is $5, but the books are valued at $55. To buy them, call Sandy Esslinger at (310) 430-2891.
They are good through December 2015.
Funds raised will support activities for veterans.
Smart Driver Class
The next Smart Driver class will be held May 19 and 20, from 1-5 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 .
It will be a full eight-hour session for those who have never taken the class or those who want to take it again.
The fee will be $15 for AARP members who can confirm their membership numbers. The fee for non-members is $20.
Fees must be paid by personal check or money order at the time of sign-ups. Checks should be made out to AARP.
Certificates will be available at the end of the second day.
The next eight-hour class will be held in November.
Reservations are needed since the class size is now limited to 25 people.
To make reservations or for more information, call Betty Adams, 936-1333.
Flemish scholar Pierre Wonters will speak on the topic “The Wisdom of the East and its Messenger,” at 7:30 p.m., tomorrow, at Farmers and Merchants Bank Community Room, 12535 Seal Beach Blvd.
Mr. Wonters’ talk will focus on the life of occultist H.P. Blavatsky.
All shareholders are welcome.
The lecture is given as a community service without charge or obligation.
For further information, call the Theosophical Society at 430-3957.
Meetings are scheduled on the third Friday of every month at the same location