Watch Your Step by Jim Breen staff writer The “Netsky Bug” has slithered its way back to Leisure World in search of a new victim. The latest hack attack was attempted last week on well-known Mutual 2 resident Anne Seifert.
Mrs. Seifert was surprised to learn that a message in her name requesting immediate emergency financial help was sent to everyone on her email list.
Nicknamed the Netsky Bug, Netsky-b or Moodown-b, the malware affect Microsoft Windows operating systems and begins when random emails urge recipients to open an attachment.
It scans intended victims’ computers for e-mail addresses and e-mails itself to everyone listed.
That message began with news of a “secret” impromptu trip to the Philippines by Mrs. Seifert.
“We misplaced our wallet and cell phone on our way back to our hotel after a sightseeing excursion. The wallet contained all the valuables we had. Now, our passport is in custody of the hotel management pending payment. With only a very few people to turn to now, I will be indeed very grateful if I can get a short term loan for $2,600 to pay for hotel bills and get my sorry self back home. I will really appreciate whatever you can afford in assisting me with. I promise to refund it in full as soon as I return. Please, let me know soonest.
“Our phone was ringing off the hook,” she said. “Between the two of us, my husband and I must have received about 100 calls rom people who got the message.”
The good news is that updated virus software will prevent the Netsky Bug’s bite. Instructions for its removal are available at www.ehow.com
Mrs. Seifert had the following advice for others:
• If anyone asks for money (even your grandchildren ), that’s the first red flag.
• Ask yourself if a sudden trip overseas sounds like something this person would do?
• Is the writing style, grammar, spelling, something this person would write?
Mrs. Seifert also suggests a change in password and check of one’s your alternate email address given to their email account provider for any messages about a change in account.
To fix the problem, she went into her Yahoo account, and under account information, created a seal. That way, any time she sees a log-in window again for Yahoo, she’ll l know if its a legitimate sign-in window if it shows that “seal.”
The scam has not been reported in Leisure World since last year when Mutual 15 resident Gene Yaffee’s email was also hacked into.
Have you been the victim of a scam attempt? Send the details to email@example.com or call 431-6586, ext. 387, Wednesday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Children A Priority (CAP)
Children-A-Priority (CAP) will meet today, Thursday, in Clubhouse 4.
It is the long-awaited meeting with the children of Cole Academy, a public charter school in Santa Ana with an enrollment of 339 students (kindergarten to fifth grade).
A musical program will be provided by the choir.
Interaction by the students with the people in attendance is always enjoyable for everyone. The students enjoy asking questions of their elders.
The menu will feature pizza, with sliced fresh vegetables, cold beverage and dessert for $9.
Lunch will be served at noon. Reservations are advised since it is usually a well-attended event.
For tickets, call Dona Nickles at 431-1076.
No board meeting is scheduled this month.
– Joan Shramek
What is Your Question
WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION/COMMENT?
Do you have a question, comment or a suggestion for the Golden Rain Foundation? In order to expedite the proceedings of the annual GRF membership meeting on June 10, 2014, any member present who wants to speak on any matter is requested to fill out this form. That will allow the Board to prepare a response, if necessary. Submit requests to the GRF Board Office, P. O. Box 2069, Seal Beach, CA 90740, to the attention of Ms. Linda Stone, corporate secretary, or Miss Courtney Knapp, assistant to the President, as soon as possible, but no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014. Requests may also be dropped in a white GRF mailbox, with no postage necessary.
PHONE NO. ___________________________________
Subject of question, comment or statement which I intend
to offer is:
Member comments are limited to four minutes.
The annual meeting of the members will be held Tuesday, June 10, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.
Senior Patriots Against the War
by Nancy Goldstein
Well-known political activist John Goodman will be the guest speaker when Senior Patriots Against the War meets at 1:30 p.m., June 13, in Clubhouse 4.
Also an author, educator, inventor and consultant Mr. Goodman’s talk is titled “A Really Scary Story and It’s True!”
He will discuss why people should be concerned about a huge trade agreement under way that, when completed, will govern 40 percent of U.S. imports and exports.
For those just hearing about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), it’s not too late to get up to speed. The talks, as with all trade agreements, have been conducted largely in secret.
Global health advocates, environmentalists, Internet activists and trade unions are concerned about what the deal might contain. They are attempting to influence negotiations before a final version becomes public.
A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.
Leisure World residents and guests are invited to attend.
The goal of Senior Patriots Against the War is the elimination of the threat of violence and war.
To that end, the club focuses on issues of world peace, social justice, and the environment to nurture a world where people can live healthy and peaceful lives for generations to come. Without justice there can be no peace.
For more information, call Nancy Goldstein at 896-8604 or Lucille Martin at 430-1047.
California Retired Teachers Association
The California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) will meet at noon, tomorrow, Friday, in Clubhouse 2.
Box lunches catered by the Corner Baker will include a sandwich, fruit cup, chips and a cookie. Additional dessert will be provided by Polly’s Pies Restaurant.
The program will feature a slide show of the Galapagos Islands by William Quemada.
All LW residents are invited. Those who attend and join CalRTA not be charged for lunch.
Members who bring a guests that pay dues to become members will also receive a free lunch.
For more information, call Dorothy Geisler of Mutual 2 at 598-1477.
– Dorothy Geisler
New officers of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327 were elected at the group’s recent meeting.
They are Jean Sudbeck, president; Ann Hurley, first vice president, and Cathy Boufford, second vice president.
The ladies are making plans for the June 16 luncheon that will be held at noon, in Clubhouse 4. It will be a joint meeting with members of the post.
Tickets are $5 and will not be sold at the door. They are available by calling Hermina Jansma at 431-8616.
– Sandy Esslinger
Clutter Busters take on the problem of reducing clutter when the group meets at 10:30 a.m.,Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.
Source material from books on the topic will be available at meetings, speakers will be featured and there will be a free exchange of ideas.
The group provides a warm, caring atmosphere where people are free to discuss their clutter problems.
For more information, call Anne Shattuck at 799-7756.
Leisure World Statistics
Paramedic responses, 111; CARE responses, 53; Seal Beach Police Dept. responses, 83; miscellaneous resident services, 1,618; decals issued, 391; Social Service incidents/ lost residents 7; lockouts, 68; traffic accidents 15; pet citations, 5; traffic citations issued, 118; no parking in red zone citations issued, 1; non-moving violations issued, 28; Total citations issued, 223;.incoming vehicles screened at LW gates, 167,672.
4-18 Clubhouse 6 6:58 p.m.
A pizza cooking in the microwave burned causing smoke. Clubhouse 6 was evacuated and Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) responded.
4-28 Mutual 2 10:04 a.m.
A pan of food was left cooking on the stove and started burning. OCFA responded.
4-1 Mutual 10 8:45 p.m.
A member reported a ring with a diamond and 20 silver dollars missing from a dresser. The member has reported thefts in the past.
4-8 Mutual 12 2:40 p.m.
A GPS unit was stolen from a vehicle that was parked on the street.
4-14 Allen’s Alley 10:45 a.m.
Approximately 20 gallons of gasoline were siphoned from a contractor’s vehicle that was parked over the weekend.
4-14 Mutual 15 4:15 p.m.
A shopping cart stored in a carport space was taken.
4-22 Mutual 6 3:15 p.m.
Two handmade, ceramic houses were taken from the side garden of an apartment.
4-29 Mutual 17 11 a.m.
A bird nest feeder delivered to the front door of a unit was taken.
4-29 Mutual 7 12:p.m.
An unlocked, champagne-colored Mercedes-Benz with a spare key in the car was stolen from a carport. The vehicle was recovered in Huntington Beach, and the suspect was arrested.
4-29 Mutual 8 12:30 a.m.
A portable GPS system in a central console, and roll of quarters was stolen from a locked vehicle.
4-4 Mutual 1 8:35 a.m.
Graffiti was scraped into a newly poured concrete floor at an apartment under construction.
4-26 Mutual 12 3:17 p.m.
Dirt was tossed on a vehicle while it was parked on Del Monte Drive.
4-2 Mutual 7 4:30 p.m.
A vehicle parked in Carport 83 was struck by another vehicle, a hit-and-run.
4-4 Mutual 1 1 p.m.
While parking in a carport space, a vehicle struck and damaged the back wall of the carport.
4-7 St. Andrews Drive/Interlachen Road 4:05 p.m.
A vehicle traveling south on St. Andrews Drive struck a pedestrian crossing at the Interlachen Road crosswalk. SBPD responded.
4-13 Mutual 1 12:40 p.m.
A vehicle parking in a carport accelerated into a wall, damaging the wall and vehicle on the opposite side of the carport.
4-21 Golden Rain Road/Alderwood Lane 3:45 p.m.
A vehicle parked on the street was struck by another vehicle, a hit-and-run.
4-21 Mutual 7 7:18 p.m.
Two family members were having a confrontation near a vehicle. One jumped on the hood of the vehicle, then fell, hitting the pavement. Police responded.
4-22 Mutual 14 12:50 p.m.
A vehicle backed out of a carport and across Golden Rain Road, striking the retaining fence at the channel.
4-22 Mutual 1 4:35 p.m.
A vehicle struck another car parked near Carport 14, a hit-and- run.
4-22 Mutual 1 7:10 p.m.
A vehicle traveling south, sideswiped a vehicle parked on Church Place.
4-25 Clubhouse 3 3:15 p.m.
A GRF bus, parking adjacent to a bus bench, struck a vehicle that was parked in the red zone next to Clubhouse 3.
4-28 Mutual 15 2:22 p.m.
A vehicle parked on McKinney Way was struck by another car, a hit-and-run.
4-28 Mutual 10 1:56 p.m.
A GRF bus traveling west on Northwood Road swerved to avoid an on-coming vehicle, and struck a vehicle parked on the street.
4-29 Administration 10 a.m.
A vehicle backing out of a parking space in front of the Administration Building hit a vehicle that was turning in from St. Andrews Drive.
4-29 Main Gate 7 p.m.
A vehicle entering through the “no pass” lane struck the vehicle in front of it.
4-30 Mutual 3 1:25 p.m.
A vehicle pulling into a carport struck the vehicle parked in the adjacent carport space.